Goldman Sachs Warns Biden's Inflation Is America's Greatest Threat
Investment bank issues troubling warning about impact on global economy
American multinational investment bank Goldman Sachs has issued a warning that soaring inflation in Democrat Joe Biden's economy is the greatest threat facing the United States and the global economy.
According to a new analysis from the bank, inflation will eclipse anything else, such as pandemic-induced lockdowns, as the primary threat to economic growth.
The report from Goldman Sachs states that the Federal Reserve will soon start hiking up interest rates as inflation continues to throttle America.
"Higher-than-expected US inflation recently prompted us to pull forward our forecast for Fed liftoff by a full year to July 2022," the report reveals.
"We now expect core PCE inflation to remain above 3% — and core CPI inflation above 4% — when the QE taper concludes, which would make a seamless move from tapering to rate hikes the path of least resistance.
"After liftoff, we see a second hike in November 2022 and two hikes per year after that."
"The key to this gradual pace is a partial moderation in goods prices and in overall inflation, driven by a combination of slowing demand and rising supply," the analysis continues.
"On the demand side, we expect spending on goods to moderate as US government income support normalizes and service activity rebounds.
"Although US real goods consumption remains nearly 10% above trend, this already represents a decline of 5% since the peak in March when households received stimulus checks, and the adjustment likely has further to go."
Since medical advancements will continue to reduce the chance of future lockdown measures, Goldman Sachs expects a reduction in consumer fear over the pandemic.
Rising price levels may therefore replace lockdowns as a primary bottleneck to economic recovery:
This means that the biggest risk to the global economy may no longer be a renewed downturn because of fresh virus outbreaks, but may now be higher inflation because of tight goods supplies and excessive wage pressure.
Although we expect a significant part of the goods supply squeeze to abate over the next year, at present the stress on supply chains is substantial and inventories in semiconductors, durable goods, and energy markets are very low.
In such an environment, even a moderate production outage resulting from covid outbreaks in China, an energy demand spike related to a cold winter, or other short-term disruptions could have sizable economic effects.
On Wednesday, the Department of Labor announced that year-over-year inflation for consumer prices reached 6.2% last month — the highest rate of increase in thirty years.
"I do think we’re moving into a new phase where inflation is broader and where things are going to get a little more intense,” MacroPolicy Perspectives economist Laura Rosner-Warburton told The Wall Street Journal.
"Part of that reflects that [supply-chain] bottlenecks are not resolved going into the holiday season, when a lot of purchases get made, and that the economy is doing really well, so you have strong demand.”
"Inflation is clearly getting worse before it gets better, while the significant rise in shelter prices is adding to concerning evidence of a broadening in inflation pressures,” Principal Global Investors chief strategist Seema Shah told CNBC.
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced that it will begin tapering its monthly asset purchases.
The move marks the first reduction in aggressive monetary stimulus since the onset of the lockdown-induced recession.
Though interest-rate targets will remain untouched, the central bank will slash bond purchases by $15 billion in November and December.