US consumer prices soar 7% as food and car costs jump

Prices in the US are rising at their fastest rate in almost 40 years, with inflation up 7% year-on-year in December.

Strong demand and scarce supply for key items such as cars are driving the increases, which are putting pressure on policymakers to act.

The US central bank is expected to raise interest rates this year.

The rise in borrowing costs is aimed at reducing demand by making purchases such as cars more expensive. 

December’s increase marked the third month in a row that the US annual inflation rate has hovered above 6% – well north of policymakers’ 2% target. The last time the pace of inflation exceeded that level was 1982.

Housing costs were up 4.1% year-on-year, while the cost of groceries rose 6.5% – compared to a 1.5% annual average over the last 10 years.

Wednesday’s report from the Labor Department showed signs that some of the pressures may be easing.

The cost of energy dropped 0.4% from November to December – its first decline since April. But over 12 months energy costs are up by nearly 30% and have returned to their upward trend in recent days.

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Monday Blog
January 17, 2022

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AUDGBP starts this week trading at 0.5275 after a contained fall from lasts weeks high of 0.5325 on Thursday. This is a data heavy week for sterling leading me to lower my stop loss to 0.5300 to lock in profit already created and tighten up my parameters ahead of these events. On the other hand Australia are still […]


Thursday Blog
January 13, 2022

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On Tuesday we saw very strong AUD Retail Sales which led to a nice climb in AUDGBP through the week up towards 0.5320. This provided a good opportunity to sell the pair, as I mentioned on Monday. Fortunately i managed to sell up here at the weeks high with my stop loss set at 0.5355, […]


Monday Blog
January 10, 2022

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It’s been a very quiet start to the year regarding FX with many pairs stuck in a range. However, hopefully this begins to change as we move through Q1, especially with more central bank activity such as further rate hikes. Richard highlighted how weak the AUD looked technically, especially with Australia struggling with lockdowns still […]


Monday Blog
December 13, 2021

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This week is full of economic data and events taking place across the board, including the Fed, ECB and BoE meetings. However, with omicron almost doubling each day in the UK and muddying the waters here, my attention has now moved towards the AUD. I favour a stronger AUD as commodities re on the rise, […]


Thursday Blog
December 9, 2021

Yesterday I took healthy profit in cable at 1.3210 and will remain all square as we head into the weekend. The 1.3200 level has been tested various times this week and has held thus far, so if we close lower on Friday downside momentum is likely to pick up. With further lockdown restrictions in the U.K. i […]


Monday Blog
December 6, 2021

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The pound still looks weaker compared to other currencies, especially the US, as MPC members continue to doubt the timing of the first rate hike. I remain short of GBPUSD at 1.3330 from last week but have locked in some profit by moving my stop loss down to 1.3290. The next key resistance of 1.3202 […]


Thursday Blog
December 2, 2021

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GBPUSD is still trading within its range this week, between 1.3250 and 1.3350, and I have remained short of the pair at 1.3330 as i do like it to break lower out of this range soon . I have a tight stop at 1.3360 as a break of trend upwards could see it accelerate through the figure, so more cautious […]


Monday Blog
November 29, 2021

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Uncertainty is creeping back into markets as a new Covid variant Omicron has been identified, so a spike in volatility is to be expected. While its still very early days, this variant seems to be spreading quickly within the U.K. which is now reporting more and more cases. On top of this Richard was also […]


Thursday Blog
November 18, 2021

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I still remain all square as we move into the latter part of the week. However, I still see a lower euro even though it is substantially down across the board this week. Yesterday we saw EURGBP break below 0.8400 for the first time since February 2020, exacerbated by very strong UK CPI figures released […]


Monday Blog
November 15, 2021

USD still looking the strongest out of the G10. However, , I bought back the rest of my cable at 1.3440 because, as was mentioned in the SNPMO, Sterling’s technicals have seen a slight improvement and we could see a correction this week (Especially when you also take into consideration a more hawkish Bailey yesterday , saying a hike in December is […]


Thursday Blog
November 11, 2021

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A very volatile week up to this point with cable falling down below 1.3400, breaking through key support of 1.3412 (However it will need to close below this level for further bearish sentiment to continue.) This is mainly due to US CPI jumping 6.2% in October which is the largest increase since 1990. These figures alone speak […]


Monday Blog
November 8, 2021

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An interesting start to the week as surprisingly we have seen a slightly weaker dollar, with cable now trading close to the 1.36 handle. This comes as a shock to me especially after the strong ISM figures and the Fed last week. However, I do see this as just a slight reversal in what is an ongoing downtrend for cable so I have sold cable at 1.3580 with my stop […]


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