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Opinion: Will the Fed Curb Inflation, or Will Politics Prevail? – Inside Sources

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been increasing at close to a 5 percent annual rate. The Federal Reserve just announced its plans to begin tapering its bond purchases—essentially scaling back an economic stimulus—later this month, but the market is not expecting it to aggressively fight inflation by raising interest rates until the middle of next year. Politics

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Why the Fed feels now is time to tighten credit more quickly

For months, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell responded to surging inflation by counseling patience and stressing that the Fed wanted to see unemployment return to near-pre-pandemic levels before it would raise interest rates. But on Wednesday, Powell suggested that his patience has run out. High inflation has not only persisted but accelerated to a nearly

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Economists Say Inflation Is Real, Warn More Spending Could Make It Worse

To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld’s would-be paramour, “Inflation is real….and it is spectacular.” Spectacularly bad, says economist Stephen Moore, noting the annual inflation rate in the U.S. surged to 6.2 percent in October, the highest since November 1990. And the reason is simple, Moore says. “There are too many dollars chasing too few goods.” Democrats who just

Economy

Fed’s Powell downplays delta variant’s threat to the economy

The spread of the COVID-19 delta variant is raising infections, leading some companies and governments to require vaccinations and raising concerns about the U.S. economic recovery. But on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell injected a note of reassurance, suggesting that the delta variant poses little threat to the economy, at least so far. “What

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