The decline in inflation is good news for the Fed and markets, and there are good reasons to believe this is the beginning of a downtrend. How long will it take before we return to the Fed’s 2% inflation target? The pattern seen in the early 1970s suggests that it will take another two years, see chart below. The bottom line is that inflation is starting to come down without a sharp increase in the unemployment rate, which all points to a higher probability that we will get a soft landing, which should be bullish for credit and equities.
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