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Mar 11 2013

Uneven Global Inflation Pressures

In the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, the world’s central banks embarked on unprecedented quantitative easing (QE) in hopes of shoring up sagging economic growth. But with growth continuing to disappoint, QE continues on, engendering concerns of runaway inflation down the road. In response, many central banks argue that the current slow-growth environment will keep inflation pressures at bay.

ECRI has just completed an in-depth study of the current state of the inflation cycle as well as inflation prospects for economies around the globe, including the U.S., the Eurozone, the U.K., Japan, China and India. This study, which includes ECRI’s future inflation gauges that anticipate cyclical turning points in inflation, provides key insights into the cyclical inflationary impact of QE around the world. Furthermore, the study reveals how much leeway central banks have in balancing growth and inflation, especially in instances where economic growth and inflation are not in sync.

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