The US economy is surging and life is returning to normal. Consumers have healthy balance sheets and inflation is a hot topic. Companies in hard-hit industries are even talking about having a difficult time finding staff. The Fed seems to be seeing a different picture of the economy though and has no intention of tapering pandemic era stimulus until it’s clear that the economy has returned to maximum employment and inflation is running above 2%.
Succinct Summary: The economy continues its two speed recovery, but there are some signs that growth may be slowing. Even companies that benefitted from the pandemic, like Netflix, are seeing the after-effect of demand that was pulled forward to earlier in the year. Elections will be a key source of uncertainty in the coming weeks. And COVID infections are stubbornly high. But consumers are going crazy at home.
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