Transitory inflation talk is back. But economists say higher prices here to stay


Prices of fruit and vegetables are on display in a store in Brooklyn, New York City, March 29, 2022.

Andrew Kelly | Reuters

Global markets have taken heart in recent weeks from data indicating that inflation may have peaked, but economists warn against the return of the “transitory” inflation narrative.

Stocks bounced when October’s U.S. consumer price index came in below expectations earlier this month, as investors began to bet on an easing of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes.

While most economists expect a significant general decline in headline inflation rates in 2023, many are doubtful that this will herald a fundamental disinflationary trend.

Paul Hollingsworth,…


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