The Federal Reserve's ongoing struggle to reach its target inflation rate of 2% has been further complicated by escalating car prices and rising energy costs, as reported on Monday. The current economic environment poses significant obstacles for the control of inflation in the near term.
Brian Jacobsen, Chief Economist at Annex Wealth Management, has suggested that attaining the Fed's inflation goal might be delayed, especially if a prolonged government shutdown occurs. This perspective, coupled with recent market updates, was shared during a recent episode of a well-known finance-focused live show.
Consumer spending, which saw a deceleration in the third quarter of 2023, is anticipated to be a major impediment in achieving the Fed's inflation aim, according to Jacobsen. His analysis indicates that the slowdown in consumer spending may contribute to a longer timeframe for reaching the Fed's inflation target.
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