The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in April 2022 Inflation fell to 8.3%
- Annual Inflation Declined from 8.54% in March to 8.26% in April
- CPI Index rose from 287.504 to 289.109
- Monthly Inflation for April was 0.56% down from 1.34% in March
- The next release is on June 10th
April 2022 Annual Inflation was 8.26%.
Jan. 2021 — 1.40% ** Jan. 2022 — 7.48% ** Feb. 2022 — 7.87% ** March 8.54%
Gasoline prices were artificially lower due to a massive release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) which temporarily pushed inflation down in April. The International Energy Agency was not happy that the Biden administration didn’t warn them that it would release 180 million barrels of oil from reserves since this is typically a coordinated international effort. So the agency was caught off guard and had to play catch up.
BLS April 2022 Inflation Report:
According to the BLS commissioner’s report, ‘The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 1.2 percent in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 8.3 percent before seasonal adjustment. Increases in the indexes for shelter, food, airline fares, and new vehicles were the largest contributors to the seasonally adjusted all items increase.
The food index rose 0.9 percent over the month as the food at home index rose 1.0 percent. The energy index declined in April after rising in recent months. The index for gasoline fell 6.1 percent over the month, offsetting increases in the indexes for natural gas and electricity.
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.6 percent in April following a 0.3-percent advance in March. Along with indexes for shelter, airline fares, and new vehicles, the indexes for medical care, recreation, and household furnishings and operations all increased in April. The indexes for apparel, communication, and used cars and trucks all declined over the month.”
Inflation All Items vs. Core Inflation Chart
At its March meeting, the Fed signaled that it will be reducing its massive bond holdings at a maximum pace of $95 billion a month, in an effort to cool inflation. This is set to begin in May. But FED Assets have already started leveling off.
We say “already” but many former FED officials say it should have started last September. The criticism from former colleagues is the sharpest and most widespread since the 1970s.
Moore Inflation Predictor
At first glance, the Moore Inflation Predictor chart doesn’t look too bad. After all, it is declining. But when you look closer you realize that a year from now the best we can hope for is 5% inflation and 9% isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
At 0.84% (January), 0.91% (February), and 1.34% (March) monthly inflation was high even for the first quarter of the year when monthly inflation is already at its highest. April is the first month this year to come in lower than 2021.
Not Seasonally Adjusted Monthly Inflation Rates
Note: January 2022’s 0.84% was the highest January since 1990.
See: Monthly Inflation Rate for more information and a complete table of Unadjusted Monthly Rates.
FED Funds Rate
In April 2022 the FED raised interest rates to 0.33%.
Although the FED’s announcement sounds aggressive many commentators don’t believe it is enough to fight inflation. Jeffrey Tucker says, “The Fed’s theory is that it can put out the house fire by carefully spraying a bit of water here and there in a way that doesn’t cause shock and alarm.”
Others are saying in order to be economically viable short-term interest rates need to be higher than the inflation rate i.e. investors need to earn a “real rate of return”.
As recently as 2019, rates were 7 times higher than the April 2022 rate at 2.42%. In 2007 they were over 5% and the last time inflation was this high, rates were at 14.94% to combat inflation.
Chart Data Source St Louis FED.
Unemployment was unchanged in April, and Inflation was down slightly, so the Misery index decreased.
NYSE Rate of Change (ROC)©
The NYSE ROC index is WAY below its moving average.
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NASDAQ Rate of Change (ROC)©
The NASDAQ ROC, well below its moving average.
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