Elon Musk Sees Deflation Coming If There Is Another Major Fed Rate Hike

By Benzinga
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Benzinga
September 12, 2022 Updated: September 12, 2022

Elon Musk has warned that another interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve could result in deflation hitting the economy.

Last year, Musk predicted that the U.S. would enter a recession.

On Friday, Federal Reserve Governor Christopher Waller warned that he expects a “significant” interest rate increase later this month.

He mentioned that policymakers should stop guessing the future and instead stick to what the data is saying.

Waller later added that he expects interest rate increases to continue until at least “early next year” as the central bank works to get inflation closer to its 2 percent goal.

However, he said that the Fed’s “policy path” would depend on the upcoming economic data. He hinted that he would support the 0.75-point move instead of a half-point increase.

Last week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said policymakers will remain “strongly committed” to driving prices down to the 2 percent target “until the job is done.”

Responding to Musk’s tweet on deflation, Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE) co-creator Billy Markus, who goes by the username Shibetoshi Nakamotoshared a meme showing how Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) maxis feel about potential deflation.

Fund manager Cathie Wood has said that the Fed should cease raising interest rates, that the economy is now seeing deflation rather than inflation and is in recession.

“The Fed seems to respond to Covid-related supply shocks spanning 15 months the same way that former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker battled inflation that had been brewing and building for 15 years,” the chief executive of Ark Investment Management tweeted.

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