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Why pork prices are driving Chinese inflation

by Andie Corban and Molly Wood Oct 15, 2019
African swine fever has devastated the pig population in the country, where pork is a staple. It's not just food prices that are going up.
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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 is inflation necessary?

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 12, 2019
A listener asks: “Wouldn't an economy without inflation make us all better off?”
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What the Federal Reserve’s policy statements can reveal about its mindset

by Janet Nguyen Jun 19, 2019
A single word can indicate the central bank’s attitude toward interest rates.
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A history of the Fed's interest rate hikes

by Janet Nguyen Jun 19, 2019
When it fears inflation might be getting too high, the Federal Reserve typically raises interest rates.
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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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Worker productivity is booming. Why is inflation so tame?

by Tracey Samuelson May 2, 2019
Additional production isn't translating to additional income.
Tech workers use laptops during an Amazon event in Seattle, Washington on September 20, 2018.
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With no-show inflation, what does the Fed do next?

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 29, 2019
The current rate of inflation is well below target.
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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.
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