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    Bloomberg Daybreak Weekend: Aviation, Debate, China's Economy

    enSeptember 23, 2023

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    • Fed projects more optimistic employment outlook, fewer rate hikesThe Fed now projects a 'soft landing' for the economy, revising down its unemployment forecast and suggesting fewer interest rate hikes due to improved economic conditions and a belief that inflation can be managed without significantly impacting employment.

      The Federal Reserve's latest projections indicate a more optimistic outlook on employment and a commitment to keeping inflation in check, which could mean fewer interest rate hikes than initially anticipated. Last week, the Fed signaled that it sees a "soft landing" for the economy, revising down its unemployment forecast for this year and the next two years. This means the unemployment rate would not reach levels typically associated with a recession. Additionally, the Fed now projects a peak unemployment rate of 4.1% in 2024, suggesting that it may not need to raise unemployment to combat inflation. The Fed also slightly adjusted its inflation target for the next year, but this change is inconsistent with the overall improvement in the economic outlook. Despite these changes, the Fed still anticipates one more rate hike for this year and keeping rates at 5.1% in 2024 and on the upper threes in 2025. This shift in the Fed's stance is driven by the improved unemployment outlook and a belief that inflation can be managed without significantly impacting employment.

    • Fed raises growth forecasts, lowers unemployment projectionsThe Fed's optimistic outlook for the economy is tempered by external uncertainties, but the central bank expresses less uncertainty about its forecasts.

      The Federal Reserve (FOMC) has raised its growth forecasts and lowered unemployment projections, indicating a potential shift towards an era of "immaculate disinflation." Despite this optimistic outlook, the FOMC acknowledges the economic uncertainty ahead, including potential strikes, oil price increases, and a government shutdown. Interestingly, the FOMC expresses less uncertainty about its forecasts, even as external factors remain volatile. This week, the focus shifts to the release of the Fed's preferred inflation measure, the personal consumption core price index, which is expected to show a rise in headline inflation due to energy prices but no change in the core rate. The Fed will closely monitor inflation expectations, as rising energy prices could potentially lead to unanchored expectations.

    • Significant economic reports and developments next weekUpcoming economic reports and the resumption of student loan repayments could impact inflation, personal spending, housing market, and require Fed's interest rate cuts to stimulate the economy

      There are several significant economic reports coming up next week, including the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) report and housing data, which could impact inflation, personal spending, and the housing market. The resumption of federal student loan repayments may also decrease consumer spending by up to 1 percentage point annually. Additionally, the housing market is experiencing a freeze due to high mortgage rates and a lack of inventory, with new home sales expected to decrease. The Fed's interest rate cuts may be necessary to stimulate the mortgage market and improve the existing home sales situation. Overall, these reports and developments could significantly influence the economy and financial markets.

    • Challenges in the Aviation Industry: Soaring Costs, Environmental Concerns, and Supply Chain DisruptionsMajor airlines, airports, and suppliers are discussing ways to tackle rising oil prices, labor costs, environmental concerns, and supply chain disruptions through hiring more staff, installing better tech systems, and scaling up sustainable aviation fuel to ensure a more efficient and sustainable future for the aviation industry.

      The aviation industry, which is gathering at the World Aviation Festival in Lisbon this week, is facing numerous challenges including soaring crude oil prices, labor costs, a sluggish supply chain, and growing environmental concerns. Major airlines, airports, and suppliers are attending the event to discuss these issues and share solutions. Some of the topics on the agenda include hurdles faced in the past year, future challenges, sustainability, supply chain disruptions, and air traffic control issues. The industry is looking to overcome these challenges through hiring more staff, installing better tech systems, and scaling up sustainable aviation fuel. The recent air traffic control disruptions and strikes in Europe have caused cancellations and delays, leading to discussions on how to avoid such problems in the future. Additionally, the industry is grappling with a sluggish supply chain backlog, with manufacturers lacking spare parts for aircraft, causing airlines to wait much longer to fill up their fleets.

    • Discussions on airport technology, customer experience, and sustainabilityIndustry leaders share insights and strategies on digitalizing airport operations, improving passenger experience, and handling disruptions to create a more resilient and sustainable future for the aviation industry

      The aviation industry is currently facing numerous challenges, including engine issues, oil price volatility, and inflation, which may impact travel demand and passenger experience. These factors have led to concerns about sustainability and the digital transformation of the industry. The focus is on how airlines and airports can adapt to these challenges and provide a more seamless and smooth travel experience for passengers. The Airports Council International's World Aviation Festival will feature discussions on airport technology, customer experience, and sustainability as potential solutions. Industry leaders from Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of the world will attend the event to share their insights and strategies. The festival's agenda includes topics such as digitalizing airport operations, improving the passenger experience, and handling the aftermath of disruptions. Overall, the aviation industry is at a crossroads, and the focus is on finding ways to adapt to the current challenges and create a more resilient and sustainable future.

    • Republican Debate: A Chance for Contenders to ShineDeSantis, Haley, and Scott aim to make their mark in the crowded GOP field as Trump sits out the debate. A strong performance could revitalize their campaigns and differentiate them from the competition.

      The upcoming second Republican presidential debate on Wednesday will be an opportunity for candidates like Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, and Tim Scott to make their mark and potentially revitalize their campaigns. With former President Donald Trump not participating, other contenders may have a chance to shine and differentiate themselves from the crowded field. Ryan Teague Beckwith suggests that DeSantis, who is currently polling behind Trump, has the most to gain from a strong performance. Meanwhile, Haley and Scott could also use a moment to assert themselves as viable alternatives. Gregory Corte adds that the debate could be a turning point for some candidates, as the threshold to qualify has become higher, meaning fewer candidates will be on stage this time around. Overall, the debate could provide valuable insights into the direction of the GOP primary race.

    • Make-or-break moment for lower polling GOP candidatesCandidates like Tim Scott, Chris Christie, Doug Burgum, Asa Hutchinson, and Ron DeSantis face pressure to perform well in upcoming debates to avoid dropping off the stage and potentially out of the race due to rising debate thresholds and smaller audiences.

      The upcoming Republican debates could be a make-or-break moment for lower polling candidates like Tim Scott, Chris Christie, Doug Burgum, Asa Hutchinson, and Ron DeSantis. With the debate threshold rising, those who don't perform well risk dropping off the stage and potentially out of the race. The smaller audience and different time zone for the debate on Fox Business News could make it even more challenging for these candidates to gain the attention they need to be seen as serious challengers to Donald Trump. The Republican party has learned from the 2016 election that having too many candidates in the field can lead to a divided vote, so they aim to present voters with a smaller menu of choices. Trump, who was a major factor in the debates in 2015 and 2016, will not be participating this time, leaving less drama and intensity in the room.

    • A glimpse into the future of the Republican Party without TrumpCandidates aim for memorable moments, less known contenders face challenges, and the outsider vs. establishment dynamic continues.

      The Republican primary debate without Donald Trump's presence might provide a glimpse into the future of the party, but it may also attract a niche audience. The importance of securing a memorable moment during the debate, which could go viral and generate free publicity, cannot be overlooked. Candidates like Vivek Ramaswami, who are less known to the political establishment, may face challenges from more established candidates looking to solidify their positions. The dynamic of candidates trying to knock down the outsider candidate, who has inconsistent positions and unorthodox views, is expected to continue. Overall, the debate is anticipated to be interesting regardless of who participates.

    • China's Economy: Tensions Over Fiscal Stimulus in Property SectorChina's economy is recovering but investors are hesitant due to disagreements among policymakers about fiscal stimulus, particularly in the property sector which holds significant household wealth. More policy support is expected in the coming months to boost consumer confidence and spending.

      China's economy is showing signs of recovery but investors are still hesitant due to lingering tensions between policymakers regarding fiscal stimulus. While some believe monetary policy has played its role, others call for more support, particularly in the property sector which accounts for 2/3 of household wealth. Fiscal support is expected to come through in the next 3-6 months. Helen Ju, CIO at NF Trinity, suggests that the property sector is crucial for consumer confidence and spending, and more policy support is needed in this area. Jill Desis, Bloomberg's China Economy and Government editor, adds that investors are focusing on what else is happening with the property sector, as China has been reluctant to roll out large-scale fiscal stimulus.

    • China eases property restrictions carefully to avoid speculative buyingChina is carefully easing property restrictions to boost spending while avoiding speculative buying and potential negative consequences of massive fiscal stimulus.

      The Chinese government is taking a measured approach to easing property restrictions in an effort to spur spending, but they are wary of the potential negative consequences of massive fiscal stimulus. A recent example of this approach is Guangzhou's decision to ease home buying rules for non-residents who have paid taxes in the area for a few years. This balanced approach aims to avoid the speculative buying that contributed to the property sector's current issues. However, relaxing restrictions in larger cities could draw funds away from smaller cities where developers are struggling. This delicate balance is likely why we haven't seen significant rollbacks in policies yet.

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