HOT WIRE: Special Topic - Inflation

02/18/2020 IEWC

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Special Topic: Inflation

Heading toward the bottom of the macroeconomic business cycle, inflationary pressures are more pronounced than they were at the bottom of the prior cycle. Consumer Price inflation, at 2.3%, is 0.7 percentage points above the five-year average; Producer Price inflation, at 1.9%, is 1.3 percentage points higher than the five-year average. Longer-term, inflation will be generally more robust in 2021 than in 2020. The question is simple: What is causing this upward tick?

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