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Inflation can start from perceptions — that's why the Fed surveys consumers

Jul 13, 2021
If people think prices will rise, they will modify their behavior. That could, in turn, lead to price hikes.
A New York Fed survey shows consumer expectations of inflation over the next year have reached a new high.
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Don't look for home prices in the latest inflation numbers

Jul 12, 2021
The consumer price index doesn't reflect the hot housing market, and some say that's a problem.
Different methods of calculating consumer inflation have different ways of accounting for the movement of home prices.
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Consumer prices jumped again in May

Jun 10, 2021
There was a 0.6% increase in prices over April and 5% over the past year, the biggest 12-month inflation spike since 2008.
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Mohamed El-Erian on inflation and the recovery

Jun 7, 2021
The renowned investor and policy adviser is skeptical of the Federal Reserve's insistence that the inflation we're seeing is "transitory."
Mohamed El-Erian in 2016. "I'm more and more worried because of what I'm seeing on the ground," says the famed investor, author and policy adviser.
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Rising food prices make it harder for families on assistance programs to get by

Aug 12, 2020
With the pandemic, there are now 43 million people signed up for food assistance through SNAP.
One food bank network director says that even during good times, "the SNAP subsidy is often not sufficient."
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What's disinflation, and why does it matter?

Jul 30, 2020
Slowing inflation isn't as dangerous as prices dropping for a long period of time. But it's important to keep disinflation in check.
The menu of a ramen restaurant, for instance, can illustrate inflation, disinflation or deflation.
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Falling producer price index fans fears of deflation

May 13, 2020
Prices of many goods are dropping as demand slows and people stay at home more. But does this mean deflation is here to stay?
A warehouse in China. Producer prices have softened as economic activity has slowed.
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Does measuring inflation matter during a pandemic?

May 12, 2020
How prices of many basic goods and services change usually tells us a lot about where the economy is headed.
A gas station in Los Angeles in March. CPI data shows gas prices fell more than 20% last month.
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4 ways to measure inflation

Sep 23, 2019
What are we talking about when we talk about inflation?
You don't need a complicated math problem to measure inflation; the CPI and PCE will do.
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