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Economic Measures Deflation

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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?

  • Atlanta Federal Reserve President and CEO Dennis Lockhart

    The U.S. economy is unlikely to slip back into recession, and an improvement in recent indicators has been encouraging, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Tuesday.

  • UK Launches QE2

    "I think the risk of deflation is much greater than the risk of inflation because of all the headwinds that are against us, and there is no real sign that there is a wage-price spiral building up here," Ruth Lea, economic advisor at Arbuthnot Banking Group, told CNBC.

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    Stocks rallied on Monday and Tuesday on hopes that policy makers where about to get their act together and unveil a credible solution to the euro zone debt crisis. On Wednesday the bears where back in charge as stocks and commodities came under renewed pressure amid fears a euro zone resolution was not as close as had been hoped.

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    While moderate inflation is actually a good thing for a healthy economy, inflation can also occur when the economy is stagnant.

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    The best outcome for the United States is "some nominal growth or some acceleration in nominal growth," Wayne Lin, portfolio manger and investment strategy analyst for Legg Mason Global Asset Allocation, told CNBC Tuesday.

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    Reading Fedspeak has never been easy, but these tips might help you weigh the odds of another round of pain for the dollar - er, quantitative easing. 

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    It takes a strong stomach to navigate the currency markets this week. If you can handle the stress, here's a trade for you.

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    If you understand inflation, deflation is simply the flip side of the coin. In fact, sometimes it referred to as “negative inflation.”

  • Deflation is on the rise if the public sector doesn't inject money into economies, says Victor Shvets of Samsung Securities.

    Despite concerns about global inflation, Victor Shvets, managing director and head of research and strategy at Samsung Securities Asia, says deflationary pressures are on the rise due to the deleveraging of the private sector.

  • Federal Reserve

    The U.S. economic rebound remains disappointingly erratic, a top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday, though he offered few hints as to whether the central bank is considering further stimulus.

  • IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest may have little immediate effect on the International Monetary Fund’s operations. Yet it may well force the organization’s member countries to confront wider issues of European influence over the fund, even as it prepares to extend more huge rescue loans to western Europe, reports the FT.

  • Jim Rogers

    Britain isn’t cutting its structural deficit by enough or doing it quickly enough and may need a bailout from its European partners, investor Jim Rogers told CNBC.

  • Ben Bernanke at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Regardless of what Bernanke says at his first media briefing, the markets are convinced the Fed chairman will keep the stock market rallying and the dollar in decline.

  • The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The first two rounds on quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve were good for stocks and bad for bonds, CNBC's Patrick Allen writes.

  • President Barack Obama speaking on Fiscal Policy

    Having just spent a week in the US I can confirm Americans and the British share an awful lot in common.

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    Fed officials have been singing different tunes about monetary policy recently, but one voice has risen above the rest to boost the dollar and pressure Treasury bonds.

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    Despite mankind's ability to adapt and invent new materials and make use of new resources, humans seem "hopelessly incapable of learning past wisdom and apparently doomed to repeat past follies," according to Dylan Grice, a research analyst at Societe Generale.

  • Japan's share prices plunged across the board after reports of rising radiation.

    The Bank of Japan needs to hold of market sentiment or risk the economy falling into a bigger-than-expected recession, according to Phillipe Gijsels of BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets.

  • "I think this whole thing is a Ponzi scheme in which governments that are already in deep red ink are trying to generate more red ink," Niall Ferguson, history professor at Harvard University, told CNBC.