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Friday, July 2, 2010

The Cleveland Fed's Handy Inflation Chart and What It Means

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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Numbers, graphs, and economics are difficult. Here's an explanation of what this means from The Economist:

Other indicators of consumer expectations look similarly distressing. Consumer confidence, we learned yesterday, is down. And David Beckworth directs us to a fantastic new feature at the Cleveland Fed, which tracks changes in long-run inflation expectations over time.

Not only is inflation expected to be comfortably below the 2% target for the next ten years, but long-run inflation expectations, going out 30 years, have declined over the past month. This is a problem. And it is a little worrisome that the response from policymakers is a myopic focus on austerity.

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