U.S. Economic News

October 11, 2018

U.S. Economic Indicators

Consumer prices edged up 0.1% in September (up 2.3% on the year).  The “core” CPI, which excludes food and energy, also increased 0.1% in September and is up 2.2% on the year.  BLS Report
Initial jobless claims rose 7,000 to 214,000 last week.
The four-week moving average increased 2,500 to 209,500. DOL Report

U.S. News

Neil Irwin of the New York Times writes that rising long-term interest rates may indicate that the current economic expansion still has “room to run.” Irwin points out that long-term bond yields have risen in lockstep with inflation-protected bond yields, which suggests that a surge in inflation is not likely in the near-term and that economic growth should remain healthy. NYT

The Washington Post reports that the Treasury Department will soon impose new limits on foreign investment in U.S. technology companies. The new actions will limit foreign investment that includes minority, non-controlling stakes in key technologies such as aircraft development and computer manufacturing. WaPo

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