BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
Announced this morning, Personal Spending increased just 0.1% in August, below forecasts. Personal Income in August increased 0.4%, matching forecasts. The monthly reading of the core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Deflator increased 1.8% on an annual basis, two tenths higher than the previous month, but still below the Federal Reserve’s stated 2% target. Overall, the firm labor market, with unemployment remaining below 4%, continues to provide income to consumers. However, spending slowed from strong readings in previous months, likely due to in part to uncertainties surrounding trade, political confrontation, and the start of the election process. The Federal Reserve has continued with its “mid-cycle” rate cut adjustment and has also stopped its balance sheet reduction, which should provide some accommodation amidst these uncertainties. In all, bond yields ticked lower following the report, with the U.S. 10- year yield remaining above the U.S. 2-year yield. Equity futures are higher heading into the market open.
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