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Commentary from Frost Investment Advisors | July 31 , 2023

The Fed Betwixt and Between, GDP Surprising to the Upside, and a New Era for Earnings Growth

Fed Lacking Conviction

Last week the Federal Reserve raised its Federal Funds Rate as expected, to a range of 5.25% to 5.5%. Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments after the meeting were muddled and less than confident. Some confusion is probably warranted as the Fed is still dealing with an unprecedented economy, still absorbing the epic levels of fiscal stimulus unleashed in response to the pandemic, a tight labor market squeezed by a burgeoning number of baby-boomer retirements, large shifts in consumer spending behavior, and de-China-ization.

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