Inflation is cooling, but prices on many items are going to stay high for months

A grocery store in New York. Wang Ying | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Inflation may be cooling. But, for most Americans, the price of a cup of coffee or a bag of groceries hasn’t budged. In the months ahead, the big question is whether consumers will start to feel relief, too. related investing news Over the past few months, many of the key factors that fueled a four-decade high in inflation have begun to fade. Shipping costs have dropped. Cotton, beef and other commodities have gotten cheaper. And…

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How Congress and corporations can help stop inflation

Americans look to the country’s most powerful bank, the Federal Reserve, to combat inflation. “I think our biggest problem, at least for the foreseeable future, is high inflation,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told CNBC. The Fed can raise interest rates to slow inflation, which ultimately makes the cost of borrowing higher for everyday Americans, and that can be just as painful as inflation. “The big question mark is how quickly will inflation come under control?” Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter, told CNBC. The central bank already…

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Layoffs loom on the horizon, some economists say

From rising inflation to a red-hot job market and the negative gross domestic product in between, economists are divided on the health of the U.S. economy. “There has been a lot of talk recently that we’re in a recession. We have two quarters of declining GDP that often happens with the recession. … But we have job growth that is incredibly strong. We have an unemployment rate that is a 50-year low,” Claudia Sahm, founder of Sahm Consulting and a former Federal Reserve Board economist, told CNBC. A top concern…

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The Fed’s interest rate policies can’t fix this inflation. Here’s why.

Heading into 2022, the Federal Reserve is stuck in a game of chicken with the U.S. economy. Sectors such as energy and autos are hitting double-digit inflation rates, which are piling costs on for consumers.The central bank first said the eye-popping inflation figures reported in late 2021 are “transitory,” although it is now dropping that word from the messaging. Earlier in the year, the global supply chain was brought to its knees as traffic jams piled up along trade routes. Meanwhile, early retirements picked up and younger workers started to…

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