Tag Archives: inflation

How Businesses Can Survive Inflation and Recession | Inc.com

As we all gradually get over the massive economic and societal hurdles the Covid-19 pandemic brought about, the U.S. economy is sliding into more drama: inflation and recession.

Prices are rising, supply chains are still in turmoil, and customers and business owners alike are pinching every penny as their lives get more expensive. Economists agree that this high inflation could be long-lasting and play a major part in the oncoming recession. They see hard times ahead, particularly for small business owners and new entrepreneurs.

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Stocks week ahead: How resilient is the US consumer? | CNN

Worries about an economic slowdown are running wild on Wall Street. Despite concerns about inflation, higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve, supply chain issues and geopolitical turmoil due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Covid outbreaks in China, American consumers continue to do what they do best: shop until they drop.

Retail sales rose at a healthy 0.5% clip in March when compared to February and were up 6.9% from March 2021. Economists are expecting that the strong trend for retail lasted into April as well. The government will report retail sales figures for April on Tuesday. Forecasts are calling for a 0.7% jump from March levels.

In other words, experts don’t think negative headlines and recent market turmoil slowed down consumer spending.

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Buckle up: The Fed is about to get tough on inflation | CNN

Last month, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since December 2018. Now there are growing expectations that the central bank is about to dramatically step up the size and pace of its rate hikes in order to put a brake on surging consumer prices.

St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard, one of the more hawkish members among the Fed’s regional bank chiefs, reiterated at an event Monday that the Fed needs to “expeditiously” raise rates in order to tamp down inflation. (Inflation hawks typically push for higher rates while so-called doves favor lower rates to stimulate growth.) Bullard suggested the Fed could raise rates by as much as 75 basis points.

Fed chair Jerome Powell has started to sound a lot more hawkish in recent weeks, but he may not want to move as aggressively as Bullard would like. But it’s clear that rates are likely to start climbing a lot higher soon.

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Buckle up: The Fed is about to get tough on inflation | CNN

Last month, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since December 2018. Now there are growing expectations that the central bank is about to dramatically step up the size and pace of its rate hikes in order to put a brake on surging consumer prices.

St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard, one of the more hawkish members among the Fed’s regional bank chiefs, reiterated at an event Monday that the Fed needs to “expeditiously” raise rates in order to tamp down inflation. (Inflation hawks typically push for higher rates while so-called doves favor lower rates to stimulate growth.) Bullard suggested the Fed could raise rates by as much as 75 basis points.

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Inflation Hits a 40-Year High–And Businesses Ponder the R-Word | Inc.com

While the cost of capital remains relatively inexpensive and consumers keep their foot on the pedal of the economy, the recent inflationary surge will likely drive the Federal Reserve to act to cool the economy. The big question: Can the Fed apply the brakes without slowing the economy into a recession.

In March, inflation rose 8.5 percent, a 40-year high, according to the latest reading of the Labor Department’s consumer price index, or CPI. Meanwhile, groceries surged 10 percent in March from a year ago, while food overall rose 8.8 percent. Used car prices are more than 35 percent higher than they were a year ago, dropping slightly since January, and nationally a gallon of gas is currently hovering at around $4, up 18.3 percent in March and nearing a record set in 2008.

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US consumer debt jumped by $40 billion in February | CNN

Americans got into a lot more debt in February as rampant inflation kept up the pressure, the Federal Reserve’s consumer credit report showed Thursday.

Debt levels jumped by nearly $42 billion to a total of almost $4.5 trillion. That’s an annual increase of 11.3%, seasonally adjusted, far outperforming economists’ expectations and setting a new high. In January, total credit had grown only 2.4%.

The Fed’s historical consumer credit data goes back to the early 1940s.

Revolving credit, which includes credit cards, jumped by 20.7% to about $1.1 trillion. The category increased by only 4% in the prior month.

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Is it Possible to start a Profitable Business in UK despite inflation and Economic stress? | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

No matter the economic situation of a country, be it the UK or otherwise, there are always businesses within that environment that are delivering services or goods and making huge profits. Even war torn countries, have those within them that are legally profiting and prospering. So while the current state of a country’s economy might be a factor that’s capable of determining the success or failure of a business operating within that economy, a much bigger determining factor is the competence of a business person as well as his/her capability to use any economic situation to their advantage.

To be able to take advantage of what might seem like a bad situation to the average person, an entrepreneur simply needs to ask his/herself some of the following questions;

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Confusion Over Fate Of Inflation Reaches All Time Record: Are Bonds Actually Wrong? | zero hedge

This means that either consumers and bonds are at record odds over how they view the inflationary environment in the future, or that there is no real bond market in the short end

Confusion Over Fate Of Inflation Reaches All Time Record: Are Bonds Actually Wrong? | zero hedge.

Weekly Economic Information | LAEDC

In this issue:

January State/Local Area Employment Reports

California’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 12.4%

Auto Sales Race Ahead in February

Global Economic Monitor

Events of Interest

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