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Inflation and Deflation

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  • Deflation-wary European Central Bank cuts deposit rate to below zero

    In a bid to spur growth and avert the dangerous threat of deflation in the sluggish Eurozone economy, the European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low and took the unprecedented step of lowering the bank deposit rate below zero....
  • Value of frequent-flier miles currency up in the air

    Value of frequent-flier miles currency up in the air
    When the central bank announced the big change, those of us who had squirreled away what we had earned over the years naturally were concerned about the effect on our savings plans. Maybe we view our account as an emergency fund. Or it figures in our...
  • Consumer spending increases in February while inflation stays low

    Consumer spending increases in February while inflation stays low
    WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending increased last month the most since November as Americans appeared to start shaking off the effects of severe winter weather. Spending rose 0.3% in February, up from 0.2% the previous month, the Commerce Department said...
  • Fed officials say markets overreacted to Yellen rate-hike comments

    Fed officials say markets overreacted to Yellen rate-hike comments
    WASHINGTON -- Top Federal Reserve officials said financial markets overreacted to Chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments last week indicating the central bank could start raising interest rates early next year. In speeches and interviews, the officials...
  • Gravitational waves from just after Big Bang show how universe grew

    Nearly 14 billion years ago, in a tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, the universe suddenly expanded from smaller than an atom to 100 trillion trillion times its original size, faster than the speed of light. This mysterious period, known as...
  • Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve: What to watch for Wednesday

    Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve: What to watch for Wednesday
    WASHINGTON -- Janet L. Yellen, who broke the Federal Reserve's glass ceiling, marks two more milestones Wednesday, wrapping up her initial policymaking meeting as chairwoman then facing reporters' questions for the first time since taking office last...
  • Explore your options to cover long-term care costs

    Baby boomers face a dilemma: At a time when long-term-care insurers are shrinking coverage, more boomers than ever are recognizing the need to protect their retirement savings from potentially devastating costs. Big players have withdrawn from the market,...
  • Evidence of young universe's growth spurt is discovered

    Evidence of young universe's growth spurt is discovered
    Scientists staring at the faint afterglow from the universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago have discovered the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation — the mysterious and violent expansion after the big bang. The findings, made...
  • Your home: nice neighbors, lousy investment

    My house is many things, but from outward appearances it's mostly a cross between a book depository, a recycling center and a biology lab that can't afford Petri dishes and decided to use leftover plastic ware from Chinese take-out. One thing a house...
  • Despite big jump in food prices, inflation remained tame last month

    Despite big jump in food prices, inflation remained tame last month
    WASHINGTON -- Despite a sharp jump in food costs, consumer prices increased just 0.1% last month in an indication inflation remains in check, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Over the previous year, the consumer price index has risen 1.1%. The...
  • Food, housing costs rise sharply in March; overall inflation low

    Food, housing costs rise sharply in March; overall inflation low
    Food and housing costs rose sharply in March, but overall inflation remained low, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The federal government's consumer price index rose 0.2% in March, a measurement that shows average price changes in...