inflation

Consumer Prices in December Set Stronger Inflation Pressure for 2018

Inflationary pressures seem to be building as we enter 2018. The latest reading on the Consumer Price Index is back up closer to the Federal Reserve's inflation targets. Friday's key report ...
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Consumer Inflation Not as Hot as Producer Inflation, but Plenty Justification for Rate Hike

After a strong reading on the Producer Price Index (PPI) for November, the U.S. Department of Labor has reported a strong reading for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in that ...
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Rising Producer Prices May Have Solidified Fed’s Rate Hike Care

When investors and economists think about the start of a Federal Reserve meeting for interest rates, they generally think of unemployment and inflation in their mix about how the decision ...
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Consumer Inflation Not Following Wholesale Inflation Above Fed’s Target Range

It was just on Tuesday that the markets had to deal with a hot inflationary number that was stronger than what had been seen in several years. The U.S. Department ...
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Wholesale Inflation Rises Above Fed’s Inflation Target

The U.S. Federal Reserve has had a 2.0% to 2.5% target range on inflation for years now. Unfortunately, that target has been rather elusive until recently. Now, almost all ...
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Why the Fed’s Inflation Targets Finally Look Reasonable and Present

The week of November 13 to 17 may not quite be a barn-burning week for major economic releases that can move the markets, but investors, economists and consumers are going to get to see ...
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Labor Costs and Productivity Look Like a Win-Win for the Economy

After a long period of stagnation, the measure for worker productivity is back on the up. The measurements and effects behind productivity can be complicated in many readings, but the ...
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Employment Costs Rising Handily With Stronger GDP

We have already seen a positive reading of 3.0% growth in gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2017. We also have seen the strength confirmed in strong ...
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How Wholesale and Retail Inflation Disparity May Pressure the Fed

When most people think of inflation they might get tricked into thinking that the prices of goods and services all rise across the board. The reality is that inflationary is ...
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Social Security Recipients to Get 2% Bump in 2018

Millions of Social Security recipients and retirees will receive a 2% increase in benefits next year, the largest gain since 2012. The Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) ...
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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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