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Almost 1 in 5 Americans now live in a multigenerational household

Mar 25, 2022
It's a trend that's been spurred on by the pandemic.
Keeping costs down is a major driver of multigenerational living arrangements.
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Can the Federal Reserve squeeze out inflation without squashing growth?

Mar 21, 2022
Bringing the economy in for a "soft landing" — taming inflation without bringing on a recession — has proven difficult for the Fed in the past.
The Federal Reserve isn't always successful at taming inflation while avoiding a recession. Plus, the pandemic and war in Ukraine make the Fed’s job more difficult.
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Is a recession in the cards?

Mar 17, 2022
Fed chief Powell called the risk of a recession “not particularly elevated." But some economists think he’s overly optimistic.
Economists' views on the likelihood of a recession are mixed while the Federal Reserve tries to navigate a challenging economic and geopolitical environment.   
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Federal Reserve lifts interest rates a quarter point

Mar 16, 2022
Citing high inflation and the tight labor market, Fed Chair Jerome Powell announces the first rate hike since 2018.
Powell: The Fed is "committed to bringing inflation back down and also sustaining the economic expansion.”
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February was another disappointment for retail sales

Mar 16, 2022
They've been up and down like a bouncing ball for the past few months.
Not adjusting for inflation, retail sales in February were up just 0.3% over January. Factoring in inflation, they were actually down.
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Stress persists 2 years into the pandemic economy

Mar 11, 2022
We talked with two people who were out of work in March 2020 about how the pandemic has affected their personal economies.
Life has changed: People continue to grapple with new economic conditions, including higher prices.
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Why do we care about "core" inflation?

Mar 9, 2022
The core measure strips out food and energy prices, two of the biggest contributors to inflation today.
Food prices were up 7% year over year in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but core inflation takes food and energy out of the equation.
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For public good, not for profit.

The sun sets behind smoke rising from a refining plant in Houston.
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The question the retail world is asking right now: Sell cheap or hold?

Feb 22, 2022
Rising inflation will change the calculus for some apparel wholesalers.
Inflation may allow wholesalers to turn a profit on older goods that would ordinarily be sold at a discount.
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Inflation's already increasing the cost of goods. The cost of services could be next.

Feb 22, 2022
The services sector has been feeling the pinch of higher costs, particularly when it comes to wages.
Wages for workers in service industries like catering and child care have gone up in the tight labor market.
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