Americans think high inflation will stick around

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Americans are bracing for high inflation to stick around over the next few years, according to a key Federal Reserve Bank of New York survey published Monday.
The median expectation is that the inflation rate will be up 3.3% one year from now, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Expectations, an increase from the 3% rate recorded the previous month.
That remains above the Fed’s 2% target, indicating that sticky inflation could be here to stay.
POWELL SAYS FED WON’T RUSH TO CUT INTEREST RATES UNTIL INFLATION IS CONQUERED Americans expect the cost of gasoline, food, medical care, college and rent to rise in the year ahead.
The survey, based on a rotating panel of 1,300 households, plays a critical role in determining how Fed policymakers respond to the inflation crisis.
FED’S FIGHT AGAINST INFLATION IS WEIGHING ON MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS That is because actual inflation depends, at least in part, on what consumers think it will be.
The New York Fed survey also pointed to mixed sentiments about the labor market.
At the same time, Americans were more downbeat about their ability to find a job if they were to lose their existing one.

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A major survey released on Monday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that Americans anticipate sustained high levels of inflation over the coming years.

The New York Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Expectations shows that the median expectation for inflation in a year is 3 point 3 percent, up from the 3 percent rate that was reported the month before.

Inflation is expected to stay abnormally high in the coming years, according to consumer expectations, which increase from March’s 2 point 6 percent to projections of about 2 point 8 percent three years from now and staying there five years from now.

That suggests that sticky inflation may persist as it is still higher than the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target. Conversely, according to central bank policymakers’ most recent economic projections, inflation will drop to 2 percent by 2025 and ultimately level off at about 2 percent in 2026.

POWELL SAYS THE FED WON’T ACT IMMEDIATELY TO CUT INTEREST RATES UNTIL INFLATION IS TACKLED.

In the upcoming year, Americans anticipate an increase in the cost of food, gasoline, health care, rent, and education. Additionally, they predict that the growth in median home prices will reach 3.3%, the highest reading in the series since July 2022.

A key factor in determining how Fed policymakers react to the inflation crisis is the survey, which is based on a revolving panel of 1,300 households.

Middle-class Americans are suffering as a result of the Fed’s fight against inflation.

This is due in part to the fact that actual inflation is influenced by consumer expectations. It’s almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy: if everyone anticipates a 3% annual increase in prices, that tells businesses they can also raise prices by 3%. In response, employees will demand a 3% pay increase to help cover the growing expenses.

Prior to beginning to lower interest rates, Fed Chair Jerome Powell has emphasized time and again that officials are dedicated to bringing inflation back to the Fed’s 2 percent target goal.

During the Fed’s two-day meeting earlier in May, Powell said, “We’ve stated that we do not expect that it will be appropriate to reduce the target range for the federal funds rate until we have gained greater confidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2 percent.”.

There were conflicting opinions regarding the labor market, according to the New York Fed survey.

There was a 0.6 percentage point increase to 15.1% in the mean perceived probability of losing one’s job in the upcoming year. However, mean unemployment expectations—that is, the likelihood that U. s. In one year, the rate of unemployment will have increased; in March, it increased by 1% to 37.2%.

Simultaneously, Americans expressed greater pessimism regarding their prospects of obtaining employment should they lose their current position. For the fourth consecutive month, the average perceived likelihood of finding a job fell, to 50.9% in March, in the event that one’s current job was lost.

Since April 2021, this reading has been the lowest.

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