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21 Mar 2016 (AFR) – Fed member warns easy money could cause disinflation – Zero rates may be the problem stopping inflation

(21 March 2016, AFR, p20, by John Kehoe)

‘Ultra-low interest rates around the world were meant to stop prices falling into a death spiral. But the failure of central bank easy money policies to prevent deflationary pressures has a growing chorus of economists asking if near-zero rates are the root cause of disinflation. US Federal Open Market Committee voting member, James Bullard, suggested in Germany on Friday that zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) might be preventing much-needed inflation returning.’

Read more at AFR.com (might need AFR login access, or try: AFR.com/trial)

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