Deflation Watch

Originally published by Reuters on July 14, 2015 Read the original article.

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As the Greek debt saga unfolds, parts of Europe remain plagued with weak inflation. Highlights of just-released data (July 14) include an annual 0.4% decline in Sweden’s consumer prices, and only a 0.1% year-on-year increase in the Continent’s largest economy, Germany. But from May to June, Germany’s consumer prices fell 0.2%. In Britain, annual prices […]

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Originally published by Reuters on July 9, 2015 Read the original article.

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Amid China’s stock market rout, the world’s second largest economy also saw its 39th consecutive month of producer price index declines. The nation’s PPI slipped to -4.8% on an annual basis in June. In May, producer prices had declined 4.6%. On the consumer inflation front, the June 1.4% year-on-year rise did exceed analysts expectations. Even […]

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Originally published by Bloomberg on July 8, 2015 Read the original article.

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In just the past month (as of July 8), the Shanghai Composite Index has slid 34%. Here’s a perspective (ABC News): With China being the second-largest economy in the world, investors around the world are anxious about the major slide in the Chinese stock market. … As a measure of how big the slide is […]

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Originally published by Bloomberg on June 26, 2015 Read the original article.

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The Bank of Japan’s massive stimulus program has so far failed to get Japan’s economy anywhere near the BOJ’s 2% inflation target. Other economic indicators were mixed. This is from the Associated Press (June 26): Japan says its core inflation rate excluding volatile food prices slipped to a meager 0.1 percent in May, though the […]

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Originally published by The Economist on 06/13/2015 Read the original article.

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The first paragraph of a June 13 Economist piece proclaims victory over deflation: THE struggle has been long and arduous. But gazing across the battered economies of the rich world it is time to declare that the fight against financial chaos and deflation is won. In 2015, the IMF says, for the first time since […]

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Originally published by Washington Post on May 29, 2015 Read the original article.

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During the summer months of 2014, U.S. economic output climbed at an annual rate of 5%. This percentage rise boosted the confidence of economic forecasters. Some of them predicted a sustained 3% growth rate for the U.S. economy going forward. But the economy took a step backwards in Q1 of 2015. Read this excerpt from […]

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