It doesn’t take a recession to bring down inflation to the Fed’s target! “Immaculate disinflation,” widely dismissed as a fairy tale, has come true. In fact, the current economic picture is enchanting, with GDP growth remaining robust, inflation moderating, unemployment remaining low, and consumer spending holding up even as pandemic-era saving depletes. The fairy dust that’s enabled this ideal economy: productivity growth, three quarters strong and counting. … Fed Chair Powell now faces the high-stakes decision of when to lower the federal funds rate. Too soon risks stimulating asset bubbles. Too late risks overly restrictive real interest rates now that inflation is down.
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