Opinion: The Federal Reserve can’t even get the direction of the economy right

Opinion: The Federal Reserve can’t even get the direction of the economy right

A year ago, the Federal Reserve turned a blind eye to the gathering storm of inflation. Now the Fed is missing another big problem: A rapidly slowing economy. In an effort to appear strong on inflation, the central bank can’t recognize that the economy is already downshifting to a slower growth rate. If it doesn’t … Read more

Opinion: Why are Americans so grumpy about the economy? They’ve never lost so much purchasing power in one year, as the stimulus dries up and inflation boils over

Opinion: Why are Americans so grumpy about the economy?  They’ve never lost so much purchasing power in one year, as the stimulus dries up and inflation boils over

If you want to know why Americans are so grumpy about the economy, let’s start with the fact that despite strong job growth and sizable increases in wages, their incomes are simply not keeping up with inflation. Americans just don’t feel poorer—they are poorer. In fact, they have never lost so much purchasing power in … Read more

Financial markets seen unprepared for risk that inflation resists Fed rate hikes in second half of 2022

Financial markets seen unprepared for risk that inflation resists Fed rate hikes in second half of 2022

Investors and traders attempting to navigate one of the most treacherous periods in financial markets in years are all but sure to face more volatility during the second half of this year. One major reason is that few seem to be prepared for the risk that US inflation, already at an almost 41-year high of … Read more

Emerging Economies Must Engineer Recession to Survive Inflation

Emerging Economies Must Engineer Recession to Survive Inflation

Text size Street vendors offer food in downtown Santiago, on June 8, 2022. Annual inflation in Chile reached 11.5% in May, an first level in three decades and in spite of strong tax increases by the central bank to combat it. Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images About the author: Nick Stadtmiller is an emerging markets … Read more

Fed’s Bullard says US economy should continue to grow in coming quarters

Fed’s Bullard says US economy should continue to grow in coming quarters

The US economy should continue to grow in the coming several months, said St. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Monday, playing down fear of a severe recession that some economists and market pros view as inevitable in the face of the central bank’s war against too-hot inflation. “On GDP growth, I think that the … Read more