Friday , 28 April 2017

Deflationary Risks Rising In the U.S. – Here’s Why

Unlike a number of countries in Europe the U.S. is currently not dealing with generalrisk price declines but, that being said, the risks of such an occurrence have increased materially. Below are a number of such deflationary risks and how they might impact the U.S. economy.

By Sober Look ( from an article originally posted* under the title Rising deflationary risks in the United States.

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[Below are a number of such deflationary risks and how they might impact the U.S. economy:]

1. The intermediate-term market-based inflation expectations have fallen to 2009 levels – when deflation was a serious concern.

2. Wage growth is falling from a fairly stable level of 2% per annum.

3. In particular, “production and nonsupervisory employees” saw a sharp decline in wage growth – in spite of robust growth in payrolls.

4. Economists have been expecting the recent strength in U.S. labor markets, including big increases in job openings, to translate into stronger wages but just the opposite has taken place in combination with…with global disinflationary pressures and the collapse in energy as well as other commodity prices… Below is the CRB commodity index.

5. [In addition]…the PriceStats CPI trend (online-price-based CPI-tracking model) has fallen to 2009 levels.

Blue = actual CPI, orange = PriceStats index (h/t @jp_koning)

…[While] some Fed officials are quite open about taking 2015 rate hikes off the table, the markets still anticipate the first hike in late Q3/early Q4 of this year which is somewhat surprising considering that in the U.K., for example, rate hike expectations have been shifted to 2016.

Raising short-term rates in the U.S. (while the rest of the world is on hold or lowering rates) risks pushing the dollar higher and a much stronger dollar would exacerbate some of the trends discussed above, increasing the possibility of deflation in the U.S..
Putting it all together points to rising risks of deflation in the U.S.
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