Despite the shortened trading week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the week is loaded, particularly on Wednesday, with headline capturing economic data releases. The release that will be on the minds of most will be the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) preferred gauge of inflation, the personal consumption expenditure index (PCE). Despite the Fed saying inflation will start to abate during the Q2 – Q3 2022 time period, inflation continues to rise, which has resulted in forecasts calling for interest rate hikes in 2022. The other data release that I will be watching closely will be consumer spending. Q3 economic growth slowed in large part due to a steep slowdown in consumer spending. The trajectory of economic growth during Q4 will be driven by consumer spending, so it will be important for the quarter to start off strong.
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