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Could a little more inflation be good for the economy?

Jul 26, 2021
The Federal Reserve is aiming for long-term inflation of 2%. But economists say a bit more could help some workers and borrowers.
Stock traders tend to fear the higher interest rates that often accompany inflation. But inflation can also signal a healthy increase in economic activity.
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Consumer sentiment offers another window into economic recovery

Jul 16, 2021
All eyes will be on feelings about inflation for the month of July.
The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment survey One question in the consumer sentiment survey asks people about the big purchases they make for their homes, like appliances and furniture.
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Are we entering an era of higher inflation?

Jul 15, 2021
Experts say global forces that helped keep inflation low for decades — like international trade and an expanding workforce — are dissipating.
Global trade and the worldwide labor force have restrained inflation, experts say, but key trends might be reversing.
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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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For retirees on fixed incomes, rising prices for consumer goods can be tough

Jul 13, 2021
Social Security provides cost of living updates. But for those with additional money to invest, inflation can eat into more conservative investments like cash and bonds.
The logo of the US Social Security Administration is seen outside a Social Security building, November 5, 2020, in Burbank, California.

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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Wages keep going up. Will prices do the same?

Jun 18, 2021
It seems both are rising at a rate that will keep inflation in check ... for now.
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Consumers aren't worried about spiking prices — yet

Jun 17, 2021
Consumer inflation expectations aren't rising sharply, according to Morning Consult, consistent with the Fed's view that most inflation right now is "transitory."
Prices for all items were up 5% year over year in May, per the latest consumer price index data.
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How hard is it to get cost-of-living raises during times of inflation?

Jun 16, 2021
Typically, unionized companies are the ones that directly tie cost-of-living increases to inflation. And union membership has been falling.
“In nonunionized companies, it's very unusual for there to be an explicit cost-of-living increase,” says Erica Groshen, a senior economics adviser at Cornell University. Above, two women negotiate in an office.
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Fed sees faster time frame for rate hikes as inflation rises

Jun 16, 2021
The central bank raised its inflation forecast to 3.4% by year-end and expects to hike its benchmark interest rate twice by late 2023.
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