inflation

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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Jerome Powell and FOMC Tell the Markets They Are Out of the Rate-Hiking Business

  If you read our recent preview for the FOMC meeting, you wouldn't be too shocked that the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) didn't raise interest rates ...
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Will the Fed Notice the Inflation Trends Ahead?

In the Federal Reserve's endless quest to raise interest rates in the past two years, one of the big concerns with a strong economy and with better wage growth was ...
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What a Monthly Price Hike Really Means for Netflix and Its Bottom Line

Inflation may be tame, and many companies may not have endless pricing power as the economic readings have come in soft in recent weeks. Just don't bother applying that to ...
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Producer Price Index Moves From Inflation Back to Deflation

Not that long ago, the Federal Reserve and the financial markets were worried about endless inflation ahead. Zoom forward into 2019, with lower oil prices and the Fed admitting it ...
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Is Wage Growth a Sign of Looming Inflation?

Last Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that real (inflation-adjusted) average hourly earnings in the United States rose by 1.2% year over year in December. That may not ...
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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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PPI Ticks Marginally Higher Despite Plunging Energy Prices

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its Producer Price Index for final demand for the month of November. While economists had been looking for a small drop after 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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4 Most Important Things in Business Today

Two movies helped push October box office numbers to near record levels. According to The Wall Street Journal: Two new hit movies—“Venom” and “A Star Is Born”—gave Hollywood its best-ever ...
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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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10 Reasons Long-Term Treasury Yields Remain Stuck Under 3%

Higher interest rates are coming. That's the message that the investment community has heard for the better part of 18 months now. And interest rates have risen in the United ...
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Was The Whopping Producer Price Index Reading An Inflation Warning Shot ?

If there is any set of data that can stir arguments among economists it is probably the consumer and producer price index numbers, and with good reason. Rising consumer and ...
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Interest Rates Just Surged and Could Go Even Higher by Week’s End

Interest rates rocketed higher to start the week and the 10-year Treasury yield is now holding steady at just below 3%. The next jolt to the bond market though might ...
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