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Memories of the 1970s haunt the Fed, pushing its aggressive rate moves

The Federal Reserve is cracking down hard on inflation, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the 1970s, when price hikes were so sustained, they got baked in to people's thinking. → Read More

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Women are returning to (paid) work after the pandemic forced many to leave their jobs

The number of women in the workforce has finally returned to pre-pandemic levels, which is good for the economy. But after time away from the job market some women are reassessing their priorities. → Read More

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Fed orders another super-sized interest rate hike as it battles stubborn inflation

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another 0.75 percentage points today, as it tries to control runaway prices. The central bank also signaled that additional rate hikes are likely. → Read More

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Americans are paying more and getting less as inflation hits home

Rising inflation has meant fewer restaurant meals, getaways and even doctor visits for many Americans, as nearly 4 in 10 say their family finances have gotten worse in the last year. → Read More

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Soaring electricity bills are the latest inflation flashpoint

Inflation eased slightly in August thanks to falling gasoline prices, but the cost of many essentials continues to climb, including soaring power bills that are straining family budgets. → Read More

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Is it fair to forgive student loans? Examining 3 of the arguments of a heated debate

President Biden's plan to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student debt will help millions – but it's also raising concerns about inflation, economic fairness and college tuition costs. → Read More

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These are some of the ways inflation is changing Americans' spending habits

From Walmart to the neighborhood supermarket, retailers across the country are having to adjust as Americans watch their pennies in the face of high inflation. → Read More

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The IRS just got $80 billion to beef up. A big goal? Going after rich tax dodgers

The big climate and health care bill passed by the House Friday includes billions in new funding for the IRS over the next decade. Most of that money is aimed at catching wealthy tax cheats. → Read More

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Inflation is cooling thanks to gas prices, but many things still cost a lot more

Falling gasoline prices put a dent in the July inflation rate, which fell to 8.5% from 9.1% in June. But other costs such as housing continue to climb, putting a strain on many family budgets. → Read More

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The Fed's mission improbable: Beating inflation without causing a recession

Inflation is sky high. The Federal Reserve wants to bring it back to earth without crashing the economy. But achieving a so-called "soft landing" and avoiding a recession is easier said than done. → Read More

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No retreat in the summer heat. Inflation blistering at 9.1% in June

Inflation hit a new, four-decade high of 9.1% last month, fueled in part by record high gasoline prices. Gas prices have since fallen, but overall inflation is still elevated. → Read More

No retreat in the summer heat. Inflation blistering at 9.1% in June

Inflation hit a new, four-decade high of 9.1% last month, fueled in part by record high gasoline prices. Gas prices have since fallen, but overall inflation is still elevated. → Read More

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Hiring slipped only slightly in June, with no sign of a looming recession

U.S. employers added 372,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. Despite slightly slower job growth, the labor market remains an economic bright spot. → Read More

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Flying around the world — and back home again — in 'Imagine a City'

In a new book, pilot and author of Skyfaring Mark Vanhoenacker takes readers to far-flung cities he once dreamed about during his childhood in western Massachusetts. → Read More

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Powell says recession 'a possibility' but not likely

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell vowed to bring inflation back down to 2%. Some lawmakers worry the Fed's efforts to control inflation could tip the economy into recession. → Read More

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The Fed delivers biggest interest rate hike in decades to combat surging inflation

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point Wednesday in an effort to combat stubbornly high inflation. It's the biggest rate increase in 28 years. → Read More

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Inflation soars to an over 40-year high. These are the ways Americans are coping

Consumers are watching their pennies at the gas station and grocery store as consumer prices surged 8.6% in May, pushing the annual inflation rate to its highest in over 40 years. → Read More

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The job market stays red-hot with the unemployment rate near a pre-pandemic low

U.S. employers added 390,000 jobs in May as the labor market stays hot. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. → Read More

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In this economy, it's a good time to be looking for work

The Labor Department said Friday that U.S. businesses added 390,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. The unusually tight labor market is adding to inflation worries. → Read More

The job market stays red-hot with the unemployment rate near a pre-pandemic low

U.S. employers added 390,000 jobs in May as the labor market stays hot. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. → Read More