BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
Announced this morning, Personal Spending increased 8.2% in May, a bit less than expected but still a rebound from a strong decrease in April. Conversely, Personal Income fell by -4.2% in May, slightly better than expected and follows a double-digit increase in April. In addition, the PCE core deflator, a measure of inflation, grew 1.0% on an annual basis. While still below Fed targets it is a one tenth increase from the previous month, giving a slight respite to those fearing a deflationary environment. Overall, both spending and income remain volatile as the economy works through a choppy re-opening process. Consumers appear eager to return to spending habits even with a fall in income. The massive fiscal stimulus efforts already in place, such as the additional unemployment benefits, help explain this dynamic and underscore the importance of getting the balance correct between re-opening and further stimulus in the weeks ahead. In all, bond yields are little changed to lower this morning and equity futures are lower as we had into the market open.
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