US Inflation Remains Sticky due to Persistent Housing Costs

By Fan-Yu Kuo
NAHB – Eye on Housing
February 13, 2024
Category: Finance & Economics
Region: United States

Consumer prices picked up again in January while core prices remained elevated, especially housing costs. Despite a slowdown in the year-over-year increase, shelter costs continue to put upward pressure on inflation, accounting for over two-thirds of the total increase in all items excluding food and energy. This hotter-than-expected report will almost certainly delay Fed rate cuts until the second half of the year. …Additional housing supply is the primary solution to tame housing inflation. …Further tightening of monetary policy would hurt housing supply because it would increase the cost of AD&C financing. This can be seen on the graph below, as shelter costs continue to rise despite Fed policy tightening. Nonetheless, the NAHB forecast expects to see shelter costs decline further in the coming months. …In January, the index for shelter (+0.6%) continued to be the largest contributor to the monthly increase in the core CPI.

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