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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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The problem with low inflation

Mar 21, 2019
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke Wednesday about low inflation, which he called “one of the major challenges of our time.” Historically, inflation concerns have more often been around too-high inflation, such as the U.S. experienced in the 1970s and early 1980s. But too little inflation can also be problematic, especially for the Federal Reserve’s ability […]
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Explaining deflation: Why falling prices can be bad news

Feb 25, 2015
Falling prices can be great for the economy ... until they turn into deflation.
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For Europe, cheap oil is all boon and little bust

Jan 7, 2015
Europe has deflation fears, but falling prices caused by cheap oil are a stimulus.

What deflation is and why it's the worst dog ever

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Apr 23, 2014
Because more economic terms should be explained with pets.

The Fed isn't worried about inflation. But should it worry about deflation?

Dec 19, 2013
The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? Persistently falling prices, or deflation, can also wreck an economy.

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When a deflating economy may not be all that bad

Jul 2, 2013
Chrysler and Ford are reporting strong sales numbers, particularly truck sales, for June. Though manufacturing data across several other industries is down.

What to fear more: Inflation vs. deflation

Jan 30, 2012
The news that Americans are saving more is a mixed blessing, and could also increase our risk of deflation.

MID-DAY UPDATE: Retail sales rose in July...

Aug 13, 2010
... Great news if you like higher gas prices. Consumer prices rose, too. Did we mention higher gas prices? Severe school cutbacks will take not...

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