UMich Inflation Expectations Tumble To 18-Month Lows

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Dec 23, 2022 - 03:07 PM

After this morning's 'disappointingly' hotter than expected PCE print, all eyes are now on the UMich inflation expectations for any signs of hope for a dovish Fed into the Xmas weekend. This is the final print for December (so really should not be a huge market mover unless things shifted dramatically intra-month)... and it did!

The 1-year inflation expectation dropped from 4.6% flash to 4.4% final (from 4.9% in November)... the lowest since June 2021

Source: Bloomberg

But we caution that inflation uncertainty remains extremely high....

The final headline UMich rose from November and the flash print, with expectations leading the way...

Source: Bloomberg

Assessments of personal finances, both current and future, are essentially unchanged from November.

Buying conditions improved very marginally but home-buying attitudes remain near multi-decade record lows...

Source: Bloomberg

However, sentiment remains relatively downbeat at 15% below a year ago, but consumers’ extremely negative attitudes have softened this month on the basis of easing pressures from inflation.