Economy

Plummeting Inflation Raises New Risk for Fed: Rising Real Interest Rates

By Nick Timiraos Federal Reserve officials start the year with a problem they would ordinarily love to have: Inflation has fallen much faster than expected. It does, nonetheless, pose a conundrum. The reason: If inflation has sustainably returned to the Fed’s 2% target, then real rates—nominal rates adjusted for inflation—have risen and might be restricting economic activity too […]

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Fed Officials Shift Tone But Remain Wary of Markets’ Aggressive Rate Cut Bets

By Steve Matthews and Catarina Saraiva Federal Reserve officials shifted their tone this week, inching closer to the conversation markets have long been having: When will the central bank begin cutting interest rates? A litany of policymakers — including six who will vote on policy next year — indicated in recent days that they were comfortable with keeping rates […]

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