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    Whether it's home heating oil or a loaf of bread, inflation is already here. So even if traditional measures don't show major increases, consumers know what they see.

  • There might not have been a second round of quantitative easing, if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke shopped at Walmart.

  • Pu'er Tea

    Pu'er — an aromatic tea from the hills of southern Yunnan — may not look like much, but can be worth its weight in gold, thanks to claimed health properties ranging from curing hangovers to shedding pounds.

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    The Federal Reserve's plan to buy more Treasury bonds has incited critics at home to complain of inevitable high inflation and financial turmoil.

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    Patrick Honohan, Ireland’s central bank governor, on Wednesday put a “For Sale” sign over the country’s ailing banks, stressing that foreign ownership of the troubled sector was “not as far-fetched a scenario as it might appear to some”, reports the Financial Times.

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    Is Hong Kong building to another property bubble? Virtually everyone in the city wants to know. It’s the topic of top-level governmental discussion as well as chatter over dim sum at lunch.

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    The United States should tax purchases of yen, yuan and euro used to import goods from those three economies. Set it at about 40 percent until the Gang of Three agrees to acceptable exchange rate reforms.

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    When interest rates soared last week on Irish government bonds, it served as a warning to other indebted nations of how difficult it could be to roll back decades of public sector largess. The New York Times reports.

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    The US Congress should focus on a medium-term plan to cut government debt to dispel fears about the world's biggest economy, Olivier Blanchard, IMF chief economist, told CNBC Thursday.

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    Rising inflation in emerging markets, coupled with marked increases in commodity prices, could hurt developed economies, as companies struggle to keep input costs down while seeing precious investment dollars heading overseas, analysts told CNBC.

  • The Federal Reserve's emergency measures to spend $600 billion in a bond-buying spree is confirmation the U.S. economy is very weak and that bodes well for Asian nations, strategists told CNBC on Thursday. However some remained worried that the extra liquidity could add to rising inflationary pressures in the region.

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    Republicans don’t have a mandate to impose a rigid conservative agenda. Voters want less government and smaller deficits but polls indicate upwards to 80 percent want Republicans to compromise with Democrats to get things done.

  • In a move that shocked the nation and the world, the Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates 25 basis points to 4.75% and the Australian dollar has broken parity with the US dollar...Clearly, the Australian central bankers are operating from a different model than the United States.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve is all but certain next week to begin a multibillion-dollar effort to coax the recovery along, but privately, Ben S. Bernanke, the chairman, worries that more is needed to turn the sluggish economy around and revive employment, reports the New York Times.

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    Confusion over the ownership of foreclosed properties isn’t “about fraud, but process inadequacy,” Joseph Murin, a former president of Ginnie Mae, told CNBC Thursday.

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    Cotton prices are rising dramatically. Analysts say several factors are involved in this historic move, and the macro picture for cotton is more complex than a simple weak dollar, strong commodity play.

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    A decaf latte with skim milk and artificial sweetener is called, in some places, a why bother. No caffeine, no fat, no sugar—why bother? It would be too much to say the meeting of the G20 finance ministers this past weekend was a complete why bother, but, in my eyes, close to it.

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    Asset allocation strategists haven’t had an easy time in recent years. For awhile they dished out bigger weightings to defensive plays—bonds, cash and commodities. But for 2011, strategists recommend investors boost allocations to ride the wave.

  • New multistory apartments are build across the street from older single floor homes in western Gansu province, China.

    By many measures, the resource-rich city of Ordos in northern China, is a fabulous success. It has huge reserves of coal and natural gas, a fast-growing economy and a property market so sizzling hot that virtually every house put up for sale here is immediately snapped up.