CPI Data Tomorrow

Apollo Chief Economist

Tomorrow, Thursday, we get inflation data for September, and the Fed’s forecast is that headline inflation will decline from 8.3% to 8.1%, and core inflation will rise from 6.3% to 6.6%, see chart below and here.

These numbers are all significantly above the FOMC’s 2% inflation target.

For financial markets, the implication is that the FOMC will continue to raise rates until inflation starts to move meaningfully down toward 2%.

Based on the consensus inflation forecast in the chart below, the Fed will likely pause rate hikes once we get to the middle of 2023. Seen from this perspective, the equity bear market will continue for now, but we could get a sustained rally in stocks and credit starting in 2023.

Inflation expected to decline as we go through 2023
Source: Cleveland Fed, Bloomberg, Haver Analytics, Apollo Chief Economist

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