Economic Measures Deflation

  • Faber Report: Bank of Japan to Target 2% Inflation In 2014

    The Bank of Japan is doubling its inflation target to 2 percent, and will begin the program in 2014, with CNBC's David Faber.

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    Gold edged up, but trailed platinum's rise, helped by gains in agricultural and energy prices.

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    The Swiss government said it was cautiously optimistic for the economic outlook assuming the euro zone debt crisis does not again escalate even as it trimmed its growth forecast for 2013 to 1.3 percent.

  • Manage Your Portfolio in 2013

    "The growth is in the emerging markets," said Curtis Arledge, CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management, sharing his investment strategies for next year, ahead of a looming U.S. cliff, European uncertainty, and deflation worries.

  • The Housing 'Bright Spot'

    Is housing turning out to be a bright spot in the economy? Eli Broad, The Broad Foundation, and Terry Duffy, CME Group Executive Chairman, discuss.

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    There is a legendary quote from the movie Top Gun when the commanding officer berates one of his ace pilots with the line: "Son, your ego is writing checks your body can't cash."

  • The Bank of England's New 'King'?

    "People are going into it with very low expectations," says Jim O'Neill, Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairman, providing a preview of this week's European summit.

  • Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee February 7, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    A weaker-than-expected U.S. employment report could increase pressure on the Federal Reserve to undertake a third round of quantitative easing, former Federal Reserve Governor Randy Kroszner said Friday.

  • Greenspan: The Maestro's Market Musings

    "We really have two separate economies. One economy is behaving reasonably well; in the second economy, there is an extreme level of forward discounting going on. You can see it in the spreads between the 30-year Treasury on the one hand, and the 5-year Note, that spread is the largest in history," says Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman, sharing his perspective on the problems facing the U.S. economic recovery.

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    Weak gold prices, softening oil prices and a lackluster stock market while the euro zone crisis could increase demand for U.S. dollars — but is deflation the next stop?

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    Investors are focusing on the wrong inflation numbers in China, says Hong Kong-based investment banker Sean Darby. While the consumer prices are widely considered the headline inflation gauge, the Chief Global Equity Strategist at Jefferies say producer prices give a clearer picture of the economy, and those are pointing to a "deflationary"environment.

  • Q1 GDP Up 2.2%

    CNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman break down the first quarter's GDP results and discuss its impact on the markets and what it indicates about the health of the U.S. economic recovery.

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    Workers around the developed world have been complaining of a squeeze on incomes over the past 20 years, but in Japan, thinner pay packets fuel wider deflation — making it even harder for the government to rein in its debt and for the BOJ to boost growth. The FT reports.

  • The Federal Reserve decides how much money needs to be printed each year and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing does the actual printing. So how do they swap in the new money? When the Fed gets a cash deposit from banks, it reviews all the currency using special currency processing and authentication machines. Generally, those reviews result in the conclusion that one-third of the currency is unfit for future circulation. The currency that’s deemed unfit is shredded and the bills are replaced

    Given that title inflation has been with us since the 1980s, in everything from estate agents’ property descriptions to job titles for students in summer jobs frying hamburgers, we should not be surprised that “printing money” in the 21st century is referred to as “quantitative easing”.

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    The euro may have had a rough week, but this strategist sees a way it could reverse course - sharply.

  • Global economics may be pushing oil lower, but this strategist says political forces will limit its fall, and she has a trade on that view.

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    European markets experienced a rare moment of respite yesterday.  But this was just a pause in the panic. No comprehensive solution to the continent’s sovereign debt woes seems to be near at hand.

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    The euro zone's "garlic belt" states (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) will have to endure deflation to catch up in competitiveness with the other, "butter belt" members, according to a report by research firm Smithers & Co.


    European and U.S. inflation will rise in the medium- to long-term, according to Berdibek Ahmedov, manager for European and UK real return products at Pacific Investment Management Company (Pimco).

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    Should the Federal Reserve abandon its traditional tactic of targeting interest rates in favor of targeting a specific level of nominal gross domestic product?