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Today, the US Labor Department reported that inflation edged up 0.5% in August which results in an inflation rate of 3.6% for the past 12 months. Core inflation (inflation less the volatile food & energy sectors) edged up 0.1% in August which results in a core inflation rate of 2.2% for the past 12 months. So where is inflation headed? Today's chart illustrates that a below average capacity utilization rate has tended to coincide with a declining core inflation rate. So while core inflation has been inching up as of late, the low capacity utilization rate suggests that labor is not yet in a strong position to demand higher wages. Stay tuned…

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- Which way is inflation headed and what does it mean for interest rates and the stock market? Find out with the exclusive charts of Chart of the Day Plus.



Source - Federal Reserve Board & BLS
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"Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man." - Ronald Reagan

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