This week, the Fed announced the biggest interest rate hike since 1994.

The central bank is trying to fight inflation by slowing the economy down without sending it into a recession.

  • Unfortunately, a recession is looking likely: The chances of us entering one by Q1 2024 are at 71.7%, per Bloomberg.

Whatever happens…

… people are feeling the heat either way. The misery index — a measure that sums up inflation and unemployment rates — is rising dramatically.

  • What it tells us: The misery index is meant to measure American households’ economic well-being. The idea: the higher the index, the worse the misery.

The first misery index was developed by economist Arthur Okun, an advisor to President Lyndon Johnson, in the 1970s.

Unrelated, but related: Apparently, it’s a TikTok trend to drive past the Missouri state line while blasting Maroon 5’s “Misery.”


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