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How February PCE Inflation Data Could Affect Fed’s Decisions

Ricky Cove
How February PCE Inflation Data Could Affect Fed’s Decisions

Personal consumption expenditure (or PCE), as defined by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (or BEA), is the value of goods and services purchased by, or on the behalf of, people who reside in the United States. PCE inflation (CPI) is the preferred tool of the US Fed when assessing the price levels in the economy, as it reflects the actual increase in prices for consumers. Increasing inflation (VTIP) could give the US Fed enough confidence to continue to increase the Fed funds rate.