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Analysts at Nomura note that the NFIB’s small business survey showed a slight decline in small business optimism as the headline index fell 0.9pp to 107.9 in September, remaining in highly elevated territory relative to historical levels.

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“Employment, capital outlay and expansion plans all continued to indicate strong growth from small businesses as aggregate demand remains elevated in the light of tax cuts and increased federal spending.”

“The net percent of firms reporting increased worker compensation improved 5pp to 37%, the highest reading in the survey’s history as tightening labor markets increased worker scarcity.”

NY Fed Survey of Consumer Expectations: Consumers’ inflation expectations remained the same in September, consistent with the recent trend. Three-year ahead median inflation expectations remained at 3%. Over the one-year-ahead horizon, median inflation expectations also remained steady at 3%. The two measures have been essentially unchanged since April 2018.”