inflation

FOMC Target Inflation Rate Shows Up in Import & Export Prices

When it comes to inflation, the U.S. Federal Reserve has had a hard time seeing prices rise in its 2.0% to 2.5% target range. Though consumer prices and producer prices ...
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Consumer Inflation Report Looks Mixed for August

The second week of September has not been all that active for economic releases. After a somewhat disappointing reading on wholesale inflation from the Producer Price Index (PPI), now there ...
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Producer Prices Show Disappointing Inflation Trends for August

The U.S. and the global economies both need inflation. The trick about inflation is that too much is bad and too little is bad. The global economies have seen the ...
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US Consumer Income, Spending Rise in July

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported Thursday morning that personal income increased month over month by 0.4% in July, after remaining flat in June. Disposable ...
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Dallas Fed Survey Shows Inflation Move

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas issued its August edition of the Texas Manufacturing Outlook survey and the most closely watched result, the general activity metric, rose more than expected ...
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Why Are Consumers Expecting So Much More Inflation Than They Have Ever Seen?

The economy needs inflation. This notion is hard to explain to many people that higher prices are better than low prices when it comes to every days goods. Still, the ...
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PPI Report Resurfaces With Hints of Deflation Again

It's one thing to say that there is no serious inflation. It's another issue entirely to be talking about the threat of deflation again. The U.S. Department of Labor released ...
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PMI Manufacturing and ISM Manufacturing Show Growth and Mixed Reads on Inflation

While most economic reports have come in with mixed readings lately, the common theme seems to be moderate growth but with inflationary pressure that is much less than what the ...
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Personal Income and Spending Add to Weak Inflation Malaise

There is yet another disappointment on the inflation front, one weak enough that it may be one more thorn in the side of the Federal Reserve and Chair Janet Yellen ...
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Chicago PMI Shows Downtick in Growth but Higher Inflation

The Chicago Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) had been steadily accelerating in 2017, and it reached a three-year high in June with its reading of 65.7. The July report confirmed some ...
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Fed Vice Chair Fischer Hits on Low Real Interest Rates

If there is one member of the Federal Reserve that can inspire some interest aside from Chair Janet Yellen, Vice Chair Stanley Fischer would be that person. At a speech ...
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How All Fresh Economic Indictors Are Pointing to Weaker Inflation

It might seem counterintuitive to think that the economy needs higher inflation. Still, that's the current thinking. The problem is that the economy just is not getting enough inflation considering ...
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June Import and Export Prices Confirm Lower Inflation Versus Fed Targets

The market has already seen lower-than-expected news on the consumer inflation front for June. Now the Labor Department is showing more confirmation of that news from its report on June's ...
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Inflation and Retail Sales Continue to Disappoint

Earlier this week Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled in her congressional testimonies that the Federal Open Market Committee's rate hikes may already be closer to an end. Yellen also ...
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Inflation Reports Throw Curve Ball for Fed Rate Hike Ambitions

On a day when the Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates, investors, economists and business owners might wonder what lower inflation readings will do to the decision-making of ...
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