As mentioned above, inflation has increased in recent months. The fed’s preferred measure, the core Personal Consumption Expenditures price index is quite close to the 2% the fed sees as its target.  As long as the economy continues to show strength, my expectation is that the fed will continue to raise rates to the neutral rate of about 3%, though given the international uncertainty, I also expect their stately pace of a quarter point each calendar quarter will continue.

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