LONDON and NEW YORK, May 16, 2011 — "We believe that the U.S. currently has more of a 'damp firewood' financial system than a 'dry tinder' financial system, which implies only gradual strengthening of credit-financed spending," says BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard B. Hoey in his May 2011 Economic Update.
"While global inflation pressures are rising, this is occurring after a period of disinflation and we expect a 'subcycle inflation peak' later this year in many countries," Hoey continued. Important subcycle fluctuations Hoey expects include:
- A V-shaped pattern in the Japanese economy;
- A drop and then a rebound in auto production;
- A moderate subcycle cooling in the industrial sector in the next few months, and
- An inflation surge with many countries likely to reach a "subcycle inflation peak" later this year.
Hoey expects cyclical expansion to be sustainable even as many economies experience a short subcycle slowdown in the industrial sector following the recent phase of an unsustainably rapid surge in industrial production at a time of higher energy prices and some policy tightening.
See http://www.bnymellon.com/foresight/pdf/update.pdf for Hoey's complete May 2011 Economic Update.
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