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Consumer Inflation Confirmed After Weak Wholesale Inflation

Measuring the true rate of inflation might not be as easy as it seems. After a weak wholesale inflation reading for September from the Producer Price Index (PPI), consumer inflation ...
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Federal Reserve’s Inflation Targets Still Elusive

The Federal Reserve really wants inflation to be at or close to 2.0% per year, and it has a threshold for up to 2.5% inflation before it worries that prices ...
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Higher US Inflation in March Is the Envy of Europe

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its first look at consumer inflation for the month of March. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) came it a bit hotter than ...
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Consumer Prices Look More Tame Into Year-End as Oil and Energy Prices Fall

After a somewhat muted Producer Price Index report for November, the U.S. Department of Labor has released its November reading on the Consumer Price Index. This is inflation at the ...
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Gasoline’s Impact on Inflation: Big October Gains, but Likely a Huge Drop in November

Wednesday's economic release calendar included a key inflation reading from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is the key measurement of consumer inflation, and the October ...
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After All These Trade War Fears, No Real Inflation Has Been Seen

If the public only listened to the rhetoric of politicians and the headlines and sound bites from the financial and mainstream media, it would be rather easy to be tricked into thinking that ...
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CPI: Just Right for May

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of May and it did not disappoint. The topline number for CPI, the all items ...
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Consumer Prices Looking More Tame Than Producer Prices

After a hotter than expected Producer Price Index (PPI) reading on Tuesday, investors and consumers can breathe a little easier about the inflation onslaught in 2018 that has been feared ...
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Consumer Price Index Reaction Proves Markets Are Still Inefficient

Yesterday we had warned that the financial markets were bracing for the inflation card when the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) was released. That has now come to pass, and ...
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Markets Brace for Inflation Wild Card From Wednesday’s Consumer Price Index Report

The stock and bond markets have been reintroduced to volatility. Frankly, it was long overdue, even if most investors simply do not enjoy those "whoosh" sounds of dead air when ...
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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 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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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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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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