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Economists say rampant retail theft is worsening inflation and threatening bleeding businesses

Economists say rampant retail theft is worsening inflation and threatening bleeding businesses

The upsurge in organized retail theft will shutter storefronts and further increase costs for consumers already struggling with high inflation, economists at the Heritage Foundation have said. “If businesses can’t raise their costs to cover the cost of the flight, if they don’t make a profit, then they’re going to shut down,” said Andrew Puzder, …

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Stocks rally on hopes of relief from China's COVID policy.  Here's why economists think investors are too optimistic.

Stocks rally on hopes of relief from China’s COVID policy. Here’s why economists think investors are too optimistic.

Investors rejoiced over China’s latest COVID policy this week after massive lockdown protests erupted across the country, rocking global financial markets, but economists believe markets have placed “too much great likelihood” that the restrictions will soon be eased. China’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday it would step up COVID vaccinations for the elderly and …

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The transitory discourse on inflation is back.  But economists say higher prices are here to stay

The transitory discourse on inflation is back. But economists say higher prices are here to stay

Fruit and vegetable prices are displayed at a store in Brooklyn, New York, March 29, 2022. andrew kelly | Reuters Global markets have been encouraged in recent weeks by data indicating that inflation may have peaked, but economists are warning of a return to the “transitional” inflation narrative. Stocks rebounded when the U.S. Consumer Price …

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House Republicans don't really have a plan to cut inflation, but economists say it could be a good thing - The Boston Globe

House Republicans don’t really have a plan to cut inflation, but economists say it could be a good thing – The Boston Globe

But these are all longer-term initiatives. They don’t really have a short-term plan, and even if they did, they’re unlikely to get any significant legislation through the Democratic-controlled Senate and the former president’s veto pen. Biden. “To be honest, taming President Biden’s continuing raging inflation will be difficult,” Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, a key player …

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“Most economists predict a recession in 2023”: I own a rental property.  Is it the right time to take out a bank loan and renovate or should I wait?

“Most economists predict a recession in 2023”: I own a rental property. Is it the right time to take out a bank loan and renovate or should I wait?

Dear MarketWatch, Along with a sibling, I own a 40+ bedroom rental property in the Caribbean, where we do weekly rentals. It is near the city center but needs repairs and renovations. Is it a good time to go to the bank for a renovation loan? We are also open to changing our business model. …

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How far will the Fed's rate hikes go before they back off?  Here's what economists predict

How far will the Fed’s rate hikes go before they back off? Here’s what economists predict

The Federal Reserve has had a historic tear this year, struggling to suppress persistent record high inflation with a series of aggressive rate hikes that have pushed the monetary body’s benchmark interbank lending rate up at the fastest rate since 1982. The strategy, which has included six rate hikes so far this year, aims to …

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