CPI Index
The Labor Department reported December’s consumer price index 1/12/22— and it wasn’t pretty. Inflation was up 7% YoY in December. The last time the CPI rose that quickly was 40 years ago, in 1982. The consumer-price-index (CPI) measures how much Americans pay for goods and services. In November, the CPI was up 6.8% YoY, so the December report represents a 0.2% month-over-month increase in inflation. Similarly, the core price index (basically the CPI, just excluding food and energy categories) saw a 5.5% YoY increase in December.

Read more here : https://www.wsj.com/articles/us-inflation-consumer-price-index-december-2021-11641940760?mod=hp_lead_pos1



In 1980, inflation reached a peak of 14.8% under Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Like today, the Fed Chair in the early 80s, Paul Volcker, made it his mission to squash inflation. Volcker raised interest rates to 19% in 1981, prompting a recession — however, in 1982, both interest rates and inflation began to fall dramatically. Volcker is still remembered as somewhat of a legend who killed double-digit inflation.

FED – Tapering and Balance sheet
The Fed’s already tapering at breakneck speed, aiming to be done by March. Remember, though: tapering just means reducing the speed at which they add assets to their balance sheet. So the balance sheet still grows, but slower and slower until it grinds to a halt.

What the Fed hasn’t discussed much yet is shrinking that balance sheet.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Fed has added more than $4 trillion in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities to its holdings… More than doubling their balance sheet from $4.1 trillion to over $8.7 trillion. Thanks to print money technique by FED to boost economy. And they’re still buying for a couple more months, albeit more slowly. In December, the Fed implied they were just starting to talk about trimming down the balance sheet. Trimming the balance sheet is linked to interest rates — selling bonds takes money out of the economy and pushes bond prices down, raising rates. We know the Fed promised 3 this year. They never explicitly mentioned a 4th, but many analysts expect a more aggressive approach at this point.

January FED meeting (1/25 and 1/26) is in 2 weeks. We’ll know more by the end of this month. 

The Fed – Meeting calendars and information (federalreserve.gov)

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