Wall Street Journal reported:
The Federal Reserve has raised rates twice this year and plans to keep doing so, part of its bid to cool the economy and curb red-hot inflation. Higher rates have pushed up borrowing costs for mortgages, credit cards and other loans. The Fed’s moves have raised the question of whether the U.S. is headed toward a recession, which some investors fear could happen if the Fed raises rates too quickly.
“It’s going to be hard to avoid some kind of recession,” Mr. Scharf said Tuesday at The Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival.
But Mr. Scharf also noted that consumers and businesses are still financially healthy by many measures.
“The fact that everyone is so strong going into this should hopefully provide a cushion such that whatever recession there is, if there is one, is short and not all that deep,” he said.
Banks are often viewed as a proxy for the wider economy. Concern that the central bank’s tightening will hamper economic growth has driven down stocks of major banks, including Wells Fargo. Shares of the San Francisco-based bank are down about 9% since the beginning of the year, compared with a roughly 14% drop in the S&P 500.
This week, the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to send another $40 billion to Ukraine as inflation rages here at home and US gas prices hit another all-time record high.
Gas prices reached $4.59 on Saturday. This was a new all-time record high for gas prices in America. It was the 12th straight day of all-time record high gas prices.
The current Bidenflation rate is 8.3% in April from a 41-year high of 8.5% in March. The rate was higher than expected at 8.1%.
April 2022 CPI: 8.3% y/y vs. 8.1% Consensus Estimate
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