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Fed’s Lockhart: FOMC Meetings From June Onward Open to Rate Increases

Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart
Bloomberg News

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart continues to cautiously

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/27/feds-lockhart-fomc-meetings-from-june-onward-open-to-rate-increases/?mod=marketbeat

Why Isn’t the Fed More Worried About Inflation Expectations?

While the Fed has acknowledged the drop in inflation expectations, it has also regularly dismissed its significance, emphasizing instead the stability of survey based measures. 

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/why-isnt-the-fed-more-worried-about-inflation-expectations/?mod=marketbeat

‘Good Deflation’? It Doesn’t Exist

Deflation, narrowly defined, returned to the U.S. in January for the first time since 2009 as consumer prices fell 0.1% from a year earlier. Because this was due to cheaper gasoline, economists were quick to dismiss the significance. Excluding food and energy, “core” prices were still up 1.6% from a year earlier.
But just because the drop in prices is narrowly based and short-lived, it should not be reflexively dismissed as harmless, much less good.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/good-deflation-it-doesnt-exist/?mod=marketbeat

Low Inflation Helps Boost Americans’ Spending Power in January

A mix of falling inflation and rising wages last month gave Americans their biggest real raise in more than six years.
Inflation-adjusted average hourly earnings jumped a seasonally adjusted 1.2% in January, the largest monthly gain since December 2008.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/low-inflation-helps-boost-americans-spending-power-in-january/?mod=marketbeat

Why the Dip Into Deflation Should Be Short-Lived

The drop in the consumer price index is centered in energy prices, with the gasoline index alone plunging 18.7% in January over December.
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Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/why-the-dip-into-deflation-should-be-short-lived/?mod=marketbeat

Highlights From Janet Yellen’s Report to Congress, Day 2

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
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Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/25/video-janet-yellens-report-to-congress-day-2/?mod=WSJBlog
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