Announced this morning, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% for September and has grown 2.3% on an annual basis, a bit less than expected. The core rate, which excludes food and energy, also increased 0.1% for September and 2.2% on an annual basis, also both below forecasts. Despite the concern for higher inflation, this measure remains in check, a bit lower than expected, and only slightly higher than the 2% target for core stated by the Federal Reserve. Hopefully inflation measures will stay this way, allowing the Federal Reserve to be flexible with the speed of interest rate increases. Meanwhile, markets were volatile yesterday as investors digest increasing interest rates, Federal Reserve policy, and a continuing trade skirmish with China. While painful,
pullbacks can be healthy and highlight the importance of a diversified portfolio focused on the long‐term. In all, equity futures, while lower, have improved from levels seen earlier in the morning as we head into the market open.
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