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Inflation

Here’s why the Federal Reserve might print more money before 2020 is out

The Federal Reserve wants to allow US inflation to run “hot” for a while. But that’s just an excuse to keep interest rates low – and possibly print mo…
10 Feb 2020
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Economy

MMT: beware the great inflation game

A decade of ever more outrageous monetary experimentation by central banks will soon culminate in steeply rising prices. Make sure you hold gold, says…
31 Jan 2020
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UK Economy

Carney leaves the Bank of England, not with a bang, but a whimper

In Mark Carney's final rate-setting meeting as governor of the Bank of England, the Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep interest rates where t…
30 Jan 2020
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US Economy

It’s still “inflation or bust” as far as the Fed is concerned

The latest interest-rate meeting of the US Federal Reserve has confirmed what markets already knew – central banks are pursuing "inflation or bust” po…
30 Jan 2020
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Money Minute Wednesday 18 December: UK inflation and German confidence

In today's Money Minute we have the latest UK inflation rate, and a snapshot of business confidence in Germany.
18 Dec 2019
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Economy

It’s inflation or bust as far as the Federal Reserve is concerned

The US Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates at its latest meeting, preferring to wait until inflation really takes off. John Stepek exp…
12 Dec 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Friday 29 November: UK house prices, newspaper results and eurozone inflation

Today's Money Minute looks to the latest reading on house prices from Nationwide, plus results from newspaper publisher Reach, and inflation in the eu…
29 Nov 2019
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Investment strategy

The death of value investing and the road to an era of inflation

John Stepek talks to Dylan Grice, co-founder of Calderwood Capital, about inflation, duration and the “death” of value.
31 Oct 2019

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Economy

Money Minute Wednesday 16 October: house prices and inflation

In today's Money Minute, we get the latest numbers on UK house prices and inflation.
16 Oct 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Friday 11 October: funds, inflation and confidence

In today's Money Minute we have trading updates from fund managers, EU inflation data, and US consumer confidence.
11 Oct 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Thursday 10 October: trade war talks, UK manufacturing and US inflation

Today's Money Minute sees the start of the next round of trade talks between China and the US; the latest figures on UK manufacturing output; and US c…
10 Oct 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Wednesday 9 October: Japan's “pipeline inflation”

In today's Money Minute we’ll get data on producer price inflation and machinery orders in Japan.
9 Oct 2019
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Economy

Chart of the week: US inflation follows oil and gold

Bonds advanced after the attack on Saudi Arabia, with investors ignoring the potential for a rise in inflation. This chart also suggests they are bein…
23 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Wednesday 18 September: UK inflation and US interest rates

In Wednesday's Money Minute, we get the UK inflation figures for August, and America's latest decision on interest rates.
18 Sep 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Tuesday 10 September: UK employment and wage inflation figures

Tuesday’s Money Minute looks at today’s release of UK employment and wage inflation data.
9 Sep 2019
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Economy

Chart of the week: French wage inflation gathers pace

Unemployment in France is at a ten-year low, which is creating production bottlenecks and boosting the annual rate of wage inflation.
16 Jul 2019
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Economy

UK inflation little changed in May

The inflation rate in the UK was little changed in May, compared to last month. Here, John Stepek looks at what's been happening to prices in the UK.
19 Jun 2019
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Economy

Get set for an inflation scare

Investors are getting complacent about inflation. They should prepare themselves for a fright.
3 May 2019
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UK Economy

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is calling for a wage-price spiral – inflation is coming

Pressure is building by the day for higher inflation, and the Amazon founder's call for higher minimum wages is just the latest expression of that. Jo…
12 Apr 2019
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Economy

Inflation will surprise investors

Central banks have revised down their inflation expectations. But the current subdued rate may not last.
29 Mar 2019
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Economy

Inflation, Brexit and slowing economic growth: it’s a busy week for Britain

With another Brexit vote and inflation figures released in the UK, and US and China continuing to haggle over trade, John Stepek looks to the week ahe…
11 Feb 2019
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Stock markets

What should income investors do if inflation doesn’t arrive?

With interest rates rising during 2018, and market murmurs about inflation, income investors might have been hoping for juicier opportunities this yea…
8 Feb 2019
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Economy

Here’s why we could see an inflation “sonic boom” in 2019

With many investors fearing a recession and deflation, inflation is far from most people’s minds. But it’s something you really need to prepare for th…
4 Jan 2019
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Economy

All the signs point to incipient inflation

Traders are expecting a soft touch from the Federal Reserve next year, says Marina Gerner. They may be in for a nasty surprise.
23 Nov 2018
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Economy

Chart of the week: inflation in Turkey at its highest in 15 years

Inflation in Turkey has soared to its highest level since 2003. In August, the annual rate of consumer price inflation had reached around 18% but in S…
12 Oct 2018
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Economy

Is the Federal Reserve really worried about inflation?

The Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, is slowly raising interest rates. But that doesn’t mean it’s going after inflation, says John Stepek. It …
18 Sep 2018
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Economy

Get ready for a US “wage explosion”

US inflation is rising fast. Wages have not kept pace – but it’s only matter of time. John Stepek explains what a “wage explosion” would mean for inve…
13 Jul 2018
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Economy

Prepare your portfolio for the return of inflation

Investors have enjoyed unusually favourable markets since the global financial crisis, but inflation and interest rates are heading up. How should we …
31 May 2018
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Glossary

Index-linked gilts

Index-linked gilts are sterling bonds issued by the Bank of England and listed on the London Stock Exchange, introduced to act as a hedge against infl…
23 May 2018
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Economy

The slow but steady return of inflation and how to profit from it

Rising commodity prices have thrust inflation back to the forefront of investors’ minds. John Stepek explains the best way to profit.
20 Apr 2018
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Economy

Trump’s tariffs are yet another sign that inflation is coming back

Donald Trump’s new tariffs on US steel and aluminium imports will have a serious effect on American business. John Stepek explains what that means for…
2 Mar 2018
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Gold

Forget bitcoin – the best hedge against inflation is gold

The usual answer to the question of how to hedge against inflation is “gold”. But these days, some people prefer bitcoin. Those people are wrong, says…
5 Feb 2018
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Investment strategy

How to hedge against inflation

Matthew Partridge explains how investors can protect their portfolios for when inflation returns.
12 Aug 2016
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Investment strategy

Should you buy 'linkers' – inflation-linked bonds?

Cris Sholto Heaton looks at how inflation-linked bonds (often referred to as linkers) work, and whether they're worth buying.
10 Jul 2015
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Economy

10 July 1946: Hungary suffers the world’s worst hyperinflation

The highest level of inflation ever recorded occurred in Hungary in July 1946. Prices were rising at 350% a day.
10 Jul 2014
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Economy

A beginner’s guide to inflation

One of the most frequently mentioned topics in the financial news is inflation. But what exactly is it and how does it affect the economy? Matthew Par…
3 Aug 2012
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Inflation

The difference between CPI and RPI inflation - and why it matters

The consumer price index (CPI) and retail price index (RPI) are both important indicators of inflation. But what is the difference and why do they mat…
18 Aug 2011
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Personal finance

How to beat inflation

Tim Bennett looks at inflation - what it is, how its measured, and the effect it can have on your wealth - and suggests some straightforward ways of c…
25 Mar 2011
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Economy

Use your mortgage to beat inflation

One way for the Government to pay off its huge debt is to inflate it away, says Bengt Saelensminde. Here, he explains how you could do the same for yo…
1 Apr 2010