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IN general, economists have made considerable progress in understanding the role of central banks in addressing inflation.
PETALING JAYA: Inflation expectations matter because they affect key economic and financial variables such as actual inflation, wage, spending and financial asset valuations.
INFLATION is a gauge of cost of living over time. Officially, the Department of Statistics captures inflation through the Consumer Price Index (CPI) by tracking the price level changes of a fixed basket of goods and services in the domestic economy.
INFLATION in Malaysia, which has risen to an eight-year high on fuel costs, may spiral into second-round price effects, but may also help control high levels of debt.
SINGAPORE: Gold is poised to rally to levels last seen four years ago as rising inflation and negative real interest rates combine to boost demand, according to Incrementum AG, which says that the precious metal may be in the early stages of a bull market.
Comment - By Keith Wade THE 1960s are remembered for radical social reform, political upheaval and war. Often forgotten is that they were also a time of rising inflation – and in this they may hold disquieting lessons for us today.
WASHINGTON: Federal Reserve policymakers appeared increasingly wary about recent weak inflation and some called for halting interest rate hikes until it was clear the trend was transitory, according to the minutes of the U.S. central bank's last policy meeting.
PETALING JAYA: Higher fuel prices sent the rate of inflation for March soaring to its highest level in nearly nine years, with the consumer price index (CPI) rising 5.1%.
MANAGING inflation is a tricky business. With the expectation of further subsidies rationalisation next year and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2015, inflation is no doubt creeping its way.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) maintained the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) at 3.25% and expected the inflation rate to be stable this year.