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US Inflation Mild as Gas Prices Rise More Slowly

Gas prices rose more slowly in March, keeping overall U.S. inflation mild. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That's slower than February's 0.4 percent rise.

Can the Fed Keep Downplaying Inflation?

When a Federal Reserve committee meets Tuesday to consider the federal interest rate, it will likely revise its glum outlook into something brighter. But will it also acknowledge the U.S.'s growing inflation problem?

Is Inflation About to Heat Up? Well, It's Complicated

Given an economy gaining steam and a vast expansion in the money supply, it's easy to assume inflation is up next. The causes of inflation, however, are anything but straightforward -- which is something investors need to remember.

Consumers, Not Stocks, Will Feel Inflation's Pain First

Amid a bounce back in manufacturing activity, surging commodity prices are leading to fears of inflationary forces. Those forces are real, but corporate profits -- and therefore, stock prices -- won't suffer too quickly. The pain for struggling Americans, though, could be rapid and severe.

Currency Wars: How Ben Bernanke Outsmarted China

After years of exhorting China to increase the value of its yuan, the currency is finally rising: It has appreciated some 3.5% since June while China battles inflation and works to cool its red-hot economy. Here's how the Fed managed to succeed where political wrangling fell short.

Main Street Doesn't Buy Wall Street's 'Recovery'

If stocks are rising, many Wall Street gurus take it as evidence that the economy is improving. Yet even though the S&P 500 has soared 80% from its March 2009 lows, 70% of Americans don't believe the recession is over. Is Main Street's grasp on reality firmer than Wall Street's? Let's look at the data:

As the Dollar Weakens, Commodities Shine

Market watchers lately have loudly proclaimed the end of the dollar, which has left investors looking to stay ahead with a choice of betting on stocks, which have 17% fallen in the last decade, or staying "safe" in very low-yield money market funds. But there is an alternative: Commodities.

Another Year With No Social Security Benefit Increases

Inflation has remained flat, and that means Social Security recipients will get no increase in their benefits this year. As medical costs keep growing -- and after a proposed Social Security bonus failed to win approval -- that's unlikely to make retired voters happy.

Wealthy Investors Are Diving Into Gold by the Ton

The very rich have begun to hedge what they see as a dangerous financial world by buying gold -- in some cases literally by the ton. Recent reports show that several banks have begun advising their wealthiest individual clients put as much as 10% of their assets into the precious metal.

Energy Pushes Producer Prices Higher in November

The PPI surged a surprising 1.8 percent. Excluding the often-volatile food and energy component, "core" producer prices rose 0.5 percent. Both measures exceeded expectations of 1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. The New York State manufacturing index also surprised by dropping sharply.