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Kai Explains

4 ways to measure inflation

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst 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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Why China wants to stock more than 200,000 tons of pork

by Jennifer Pak May 30, 2019
Some countries stockpile grain and petroleum. China has both, plus a national pork reserve.
A local meat market in Shanghai is dominated by pork stands. Pork is a staple in the Chinese diet and accounts for 70% of all meat consumed in China.
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Measuring inflation isn't easy

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 10, 2019
Month-to-month price fluctuations make it difficult for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to measure inflation accurately.
Shoppers line up to check out at a Target store in 2008 in Miami.
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A strong economy with low inflation? Inequality may be to blame.

by Kimberly Adams Mar 12, 2019
New inflation numbers out today showed … very little of it. The consumer price index ticked up 0.2 percent in February. It was the first rise in four months. And year over year, the measure of how expensive it is…
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Tight jobs lead to higher rents, which lead to core inflation increase

by , and Dec 13, 2018
The Consumer Price Index, if you take out food and energy, showed prices rising slightly. It climbed 0.2 percent, so year-over-year prices have climbed 2.2 percent. One of the reasons for the price hikes in November was rent. And you…
The Federal Reserve

Here's how the Federal Reserve determines the inflation rate

by Kimberly Adams Oct 11, 2018
The Consumer Price Index tracks the average price change over time for a “basket”  of goods and services. The CPI takes into account things like food, transportation and health care. If the CPI goes up, that’s considered an indication that…
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White House pushes rosier wage-growth measure

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2018
A Council of Economic Advisers report argues Americans’ inflation-adjusted compensation is rising more than wage data in the monthly jobs report show.

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Consumer price index released as inflationary pressures increase

by Scott Tong Aug 10, 2018
New inflation numbers were released Friday morning, and it’s a curious thing: the economy is going strong and consumers are spending, which tends to push prices up. And yet, we haven’t seen all that show up in the inflation numbers…
The Federal Reserve

Fed Chair Jay Powell: We’re “independent of political considerations”

by Kai Ryssdal Jul 12, 2018
In a 30 minute conversation, Chairman Powell discusses tariffs, political pressure on the Fed and wage stagnation.
Jerome Powell listens as President Trump announces Powell as nominee for Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, November 2, 2017.
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Which economic stats matter most?

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 9, 2018
Our listener asks which economic statistics are the best predictors of future economic performance.
A financial professional loosk at his computer screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the trading day Dec. 16, 2008 in New York City. 
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