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What makes the dollar strong?

Aug 23, 2019

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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.
Federal Reserve statements are scrutinized for clues about the Fed’s future actions. Above, Fed Chair Jerome Powell.
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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.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:   Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Fed has decided to leave interest rates unchanged. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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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Will higher tariffs on Chinese goods lead to inflation?

by Justin Ho May 6, 2019
Inflation has been too quiet, according to some economists.
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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.
The US Federal Reserve building is seen on August 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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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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The problem with low inflation

by Tracey Samuelson 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…
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Fed: U.S. household net worth drops to lowest level since financial crisis

by Andy Uhler Mar 8, 2019
The Federal Reserve reports the net worth of U.S. households dropped 3.4 percent in the fourth quarter of last year and is now at the lowest level since the financial crisis. A look at what that drop could mean for…
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Rents are rising faster at the lower end of the market

by Amy Scott Feb 19, 2019
Average rents on single-family homes rose by about 3 percent nationally in 2018, according to a report out Tuesday from CoreLogic, up from 2.7 percent in 2017. As it happens, that’s about how much average wages grew during that same…
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