Monday morning briefing: Inflation skyrockets, investors shrug

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Chart of the week: Inflation skyrockets, investors shrug

U.S. inflation rose to 5.0% year-over-year in May, which was the highest year-over-year increase since 2008. The core inflation rate, which excludes more volatile food and energy prices, rose to 3.8% in May, its largest year-over-year increase since the early 90s. But investors didn’t blink an eye and pushed equity markets higher on June 10, focusing not on the overall inflation rate increase, but on its composition. Specifically, growth in consumer prices was highly concentrated in goods benefiting from easing lockdown restrictions. While consumer prices may have more growth ahead, this report eased concerns that inflation would stall the recovery. Let us know what you think.
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News and notes (U.S.)

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News and notes (Canada)

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