It provides the government with extra time to hash out difficult fiscal decisions.
Americans often check their receipts to make sure they've bought everything they need, and probably to see if what they paid this time is any different from the last trip. The government does the same with the Consumer Price Index. Here are the details.
What is the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress decides not to raise it? CNBC's Economic Reporter Steve Liesman explains.
If you understand inflation, deflation is simply the flip side of the coin. In fact, sometimes it referred to as “negative inflation.”
Although inflation is not necessarily a bad thing for a growing economy, there have been numerous historical examples when inflation runs wild, a situation called hyperinflation. CNBC explains
In a good economy, gradual inflation is considered a good thing, but in tougher economic times, too much inflation is a serious problem. CNBC Explains.
While moderate inflation is actually a good thing for a healthy economy, inflation can also occur when the economy is stagnant.
When people talk about the Federal Reserve "tapering," here's what they mean.