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Did New Airfare Methodology Skew August Inflation Reading?

A sizable drop in airline fares the past two months has some economists questioning if that small category is skewing broader inflation readings.
Consumer prices excluding food and energy were flat last month, the first time the measure failed to register an increase in nearly four years, the Labor Department said.  That caught many economists by surprise.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/17/did-new-airfare-methodology-skew-august-inflation-reading/?mod=WSJBlog

New Sign of Weak Inflation Gives Fed More Room to Maneuver

Consumer prices fell 0.2% in August, as measured by the Labor Department’s CPI index, their first decline in over a year.
From the same period last year, August prices rose 1.7%, the smallest increase since March. The report is the latest piece of evidence that inflationary pressures have subsided after starting to build this spring.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/17/new-sign-of-weak-inflation-gives-fed-more-room-to-maneuver/?mod=WSJBlog

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

The Federal Reserve’s policy meeting is the main event on next week’s calendar.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/12/5-things-to-watch-on-the-economic-calendar-34/?mod=WSJBlog

Who Really Benefits from Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Index? Depends How Long You Live

Budget battles in recent years have thrust politicians and budget wonks into heated debates over how to adjust Social Security benefits for inflation.
This may seem a dry matter, but once the initial level of monthly benefits is determined, the inflation index then becomes the key determinant of whether America’s retirees get a raise.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/11/who-really-benefits-from-social-securitys-cost-of-living-index-depends-how-long-you-live/?mod=WSJBlog

Eurozone Furniture Stores May Show First Signs of Inflation Pickup

European Pressphoto Agency

European Central Bank policy makers, and those that follow their actions, should be paying closer attention to what’s happen

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/11/eurozone-furniture-stores-may-show-first-signs-of-inflation-pickup/?mod=WSJBlog

Deputy Bank of Japan Gov. Iwata Changes Stance?

Kikuo Iwata said at a confirmation hearing in March 2013 that he would put the job of deputy governor on the line if the Bank of Japan failed to hit a 2% price-growth target.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/10/boj-beat-deputy-gov-iwata-changes-stance/?mod=WSJBlog
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