US Consumer Year-Ahead Inflation Expectations Rise Further

US short-term inflation expectations climbed to a seven-month high in November and longer-run price views remained at levels not seen since 2011.

Americans expect prices will climb at an annual rate of 4.5% over the next year, up from the 4.4% expected earlier in the month, according to the final November reading from the University of Michigan. They see costs rising 3.2% over the next five to 10 years, data Wednesday showed.

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“Consumers appear worried that the softening of inflation could reverse in the months and years ahead,” Joanne Hsu, director of the survey, said in a statement.

“Despite easing prices at the pump, one-year gas price expectations rose to its highest reading since June 2022, and five-year gas price expectations are their highest since March 2022,” Hsu said.

Treasury yields climbed and the dollar strengthened following the report, while the S&P 500 advanced.

The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index improved from the previously reported figure, to 61.3 on brighter views of their finances. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a reading of 61.