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Marketplace

The Fed rethinks its inflation target

Kai Ryssdal and Tracey Samuelson Jan 9, 2018
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The Federal Reserve has two main jobs: maximize employment and keep prices stable. That second piece, stable prices, has meant the Fed tries to keep inflation at 2 percent. Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke made that target the explicit goal about six years ago, but it’s been unofficial far longer than that. Lots of other countries have this 2 percent goal, too. But now there’s talk about changing the 2 percent target. Marketplace’s Tracey Samuelson and Kai Ryssdal discuss the implications. 

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