Friday, February 19, 2010

How is this possible?

With all the "money printing", "monetization", "Quantitative Easing", etc. that the EOTers have consistently harped upon?

But you, dear readers, already know the answer.

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The cost of living in the U.S. rose in January less than anticipated and a measure of prices excluding food and fuel fell for the first time since 1982, indicating the recovery is showing few signs of inflation.

The consumer-price index increased 0.2 percent for a fifth straight month, led by higher fuel costs, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. Excluding energy and food, the so-called core index unexpectedly fell 0.1 percent, reflecting a drop in new-car prices, clothing and shelter.

Companies may have little success raising prices with unemployment projected to end the year at 9.5 percent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell after the report showed restrained inflation will allow Federal Reserve policy makers to keep interest rates close to zero to help support the recovery.

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