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Easing Inflation Pressures Suggests Fed Might Ease But Wonks In The Basement Say No!

Consumer prices are stabilizing… Recently, oil prices have tumbled and core inflation — which excludes volatile food and energy prices — has flattened out, with prices settling about 2.3% higher than a year ago. Easing price pressure should give some comfort to Federal Reserve officials before next week’s policy meeting. via Vital Signs: Easing Inflation…

Much Ado About Reserve Growth

Critics of the Fed have expressed concern about the inflationary implications of the huge expansion of the Fed’s balance sheet, particularly excess reserves. The reserve bulge was created  when the Fed expanded the alphabet soup programs in 2008. At the same time the Fed began paying interest on reserves, paying 1%, which was .75% above…