U.S. Productivity Surges to 3.6% Gain in Q1
“The rebound in productivity is restraining labor costs and keeping inflation in check,” an economist says.
Fed Resists Pressure for Interest Rate Cut
The Fed doesn't see "a strong case for moving [rates] in either direction" amid weak inflation and solid economic growth.
U.S. Consumer Spending Surges 0.9% in March
“The economy is in a sweet spot for now," with inflation pressures remaining too weak for the Fed to raise interest rates.
U.S. Consumer Prices Jump 0.4% in March
“The uptick in inflation, being largely driven by higher gas prices, is unlikely to worry investors or the Federal Reserve."
U.S. Employers Add 304,000 Jobs in January
The unexpectedly large gain suggests employers "have not let up one bit on their hiring in response to risks out there in the world economy."
Fed Shifts to ‘Patient’ Policy on Rate Hikes
The central bank indicated it will slow the pace of interest rate increases in response to changing economic conditions.
U.S. Consumer Prices Drop 0.1% in December
The Fed will view the first decline in the CPI since March as "further proof that price pressures are building more slowly than some have feared."
Has the TCJA Actually Helped Companies?
The overall financial impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is difficult to calculate and may be viewed differently by optimists and skeptics.
U.S. Consumer Prices Flat Amid Cheaper Gas
"The inflation picture is still fairly tame, certainly not heating up enough to push the Fed to a more aggressive stance."
Consumer Spending Jumps 0.6% in October
U.S. shoppers are benefiting from moderate inflationary pressures, while incomes increased 0.5% last month.
Producer Price Index Rises 0.6% in October
Wholesale prices were up 2.9% year-to-year but other inflation measures appear to have leveled off around the Fed's 2% target.