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  • Inflation Is Real--Bernanke’s Right--Kohn’s All Wet Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 4:47 PM ET

    Driven up by the cheap dollar, U.S. import prices surged nearly 18 percent above year-ago levels, according to a new report out today. Even removing all energy-related fuels, the surge is still 6 percent.

  • Plosser is Right on the Money Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 11:26 AM ET

    Is there a July Fed action coming to take back a one-quarter rate cut? I think so. That would put up the target to 2.25%. It would be a shot heard round the world, strengthening the dollar and attracting new liquidity and capital flows into the US economy.

  • Inflation Forecasts Raised in US, Europe, UK Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 8:19 AM ET

    The inflation outlook for 2008 in the U.S., Japan, euro zone and the UK rose again in June, triggering big revisions to economists' interest rate forecasts, Reuters polls showed on Thursday.

  • Consumers Feel Pinched By Energy, Food Prices Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 2:12 PM ET
    Crowd of people on the street.

    The US economy remained "weak" in May as consumer spending slowed due to higher energy and food prices, the Federal Reserve said in its Beige Book summary.

  • Fed May Hold Rates Steady Despite Inflation: Kohn Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 12:05 PM ET
    Donald L. Kohn

    Fed Vice Chairman Donald Kohn hinted that the central bank is inclined to leave rates steady despite rising inflation worries.

  • Pimco's McCulley: Government Understating Inflation Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 9:36 AM ET

    The standard of living has decreased for many Americans, a trend that will reverse only after the troubles in the housing market work through, Pimco Managing Director Paul McCulley said on CNBC.

  • Housing or Inflation? Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 6:12 PM ET

    Why trying to solve both problems at the same time could lead to disaster.

  • Dow Ekes Out a Gain, Led by Coke Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 4:54 PM ET

    Stocks struggled to hold gains Tuesday as bank stocks rallied but comments from Bernanke hung over the market like a cloud. Oil dropped more than $3 to settle at $131.31 a barrel.

  • Fed Is Hoping to Talk Down Inflation, Not Boost Rates Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 2:54 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve hopes tough talk on inflation will do the job of moderating price increases, giving it room to avoid raising interest rates.

  • Stocks Struggle to Hold Gains; Coke Leads Dow Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 2:38 PM ET

    Stocks ticked higher Tuesday as the rally started in bank stocks and then filtered into the broader market.

  • Dow Attempts Gains as Banks Rally Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 1:12 PM ET

    Blue chips tried to muster an advance Tuesday, encouraged by a rally in bank stocks, but comments from Bernanke hung over the market like a cloud.

  • Bernanke Inflation Warning Fans Worries of Rate Hike Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 1:10 PM ET

    World stocks hit their lowest in almost two months, major government bonds tumbled and the dollar jumped after the Fed chief fired another warning on inflation.

  • Bernanke Crimps Stocks; Banks Rally Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 10:17 AM ET

    Stocks opoened lower Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said late Monday high energy prices risk increasing inflation.

  • Fed's Fisher: Weak Dollar Feeds Inflation Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 10:17 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, DC.

    The Federal Reserve will not allow inflation to get out of control and is aware of the danger that a weaker dollar could feed into higher prices, one of its top policy-makers said.

  • Oil Spike Helps Market Lose Ground Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

    Futures are lower this morning, as Ben Bernanke reiterated what two other Fed officials said yesterday: that the Fed would strongly resist higher inflation, implying that rate hikes might come sooner than expected.

  • Fed's Rosengren: Impact of Energy Costs Not Yet Seen Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 8:26 AM ET

    Rising food and energy costs are still trickling through the economy, complicating the outlook for inflation, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday.

  • Doll: Fed Doesn't Want to Raise Rates Any Time Soon Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 7:44 AM ET

    The worst of the credit crunch is over, but the Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a long time despite a surge in oil prices, as the U.S. economy still has to prove it is stabilizing, money manager Bob Doll said on Tuesday.

  • Japan Machine Orders Rebound, Capex Seen Soft Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 10:29 PM ET
    Japanese Flag

    Japan's core machinery orders, a leading gauge of capital spending, rebounded in April after a two-month streak of declines, but the economic outlook remained murky with firms facing risks of inflation and slowing growth.

  • Bernanke: Energy Prices Raise Inflation Risks Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 8:15 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday sounded a warning over soaring energy costs and said the central bank would "strongly resist" any tendency for an inflationary psychology to take hold.

  • Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson  declined to rule out intervening in currency markets to stabilize the dollar, but said strong economic fundamentals would "shine through."