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recession risks, housing downturn after third rate hike

  The negative impact of interest rate rises on Australian housing prices, household spending and the volume of dwelling investments may hurt consumer confidence and fuel the likelihood of a recession in Australia, analysts and economists say. The Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates for the third time in a row on Tuesday. Joining …

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Are markets underestimating how far the Fed must go to tame inflation?

The Federal Reserve isn’t even four months into its latest interest-rate-hiking cycle, and yet investors are already pricing in rate cuts as soon as next year, the latest sign that the market is bracing — or perhaps rather hoping — for a swift return to the easy-money monetary policy that helped drive the roaring stock …

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Luxury car buyers pay more than ever as prices and loan costs rise

If you can even find a new car to buy, actually purchasing it is going to cost you. “It’s a really difficult time to buy a car,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights for Edmunds. Limited inventory due to a persistent shortage of computer chips, along with other supply-chain challenges, helped propel new car …

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Global economic outlook has ‘deteriorated materially’

Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, has said the global economic outlook has deteriorated materially after surging commodity prices pushed up inflation around the world. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — The governor of the Bank of England said Tuesday that the global economic outlook has “deteriorated materially” and alert of …

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Central Bankers Talk Tough on Interest Rates. That Could Change if Markets and Economies Don’t Perk Up.

Text size European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde doubts that “we are going back to that environment of low inflation” that existed prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ronald Wittek/Pool/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke contends that monetary policy is 98% talk. Central bankers are supposed to communicate goals they want the public and markets …

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Atlanta Fed GDP tracker shows the US economy is likely in a recession

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reacts as he testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the “Seminnual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress”, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US, June 22, 2022. Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters A Federal Reserve tracker of economic growth is pointing to an increased chance …

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Atlanta Fed GDP tracker shows the US economy is likely in a recession

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell reacts as he testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the “Seminnual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress”, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, US, June 22, 2022. Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters A Federal Reserve tracker of economic growth is pointing to an increased chance …

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Opinion: Why are Americans so grumpy about the economy? They’ve never lost so much purchasing power in one year, as the stimulus dries up and inflation boils over

If you want to know why Americans are so grumpy about the economy, let’s start with the fact that despite strong job growth and sizable increases in wages, their incomes are simply not keeping up with inflation. Americans just don’t feel poorer—they are poorer. In fact, they have never lost so much purchasing power in …

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