Its another slow growth economic report for the Biden Administration. So much stimulus, so little to show for it other than painful inflation.
On a year-over-year (YoY) basis, US real GDP rose to a measly 1.9%. US core PCE YoY fell slightly to 4.93%. M2 Money growth is at 2.6% YoY.
The Misery Index (U-3 inflation rate + inflation) remains elevated and above 10% (it currently clocks-in at 12%), far above the pre-Covid reading of around 5%.
Here is the rest of the story. On a quarter-over-quarter basis, real GDP rose to 3.2% QoQ. Personal consumption rose 2.3% QoQ. Core PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures) rose to 4.7% QoQ. If we use core PCE as a measure of inflation, inflation is rising.
Here is a video of Fed Chair Jerome Powell (doubling as President Joe Biden) saying creating inflation and then raising interest rates to fight it “It’s for the best.”