Thursday, August 18, 2011

Markets Falling Off a Cliff; Inflation and Unemployment Rear Their Ugly Heads

The U.S. Labor Department said today that initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 408,000, whchc is above economists' expectations for a rise to 400,000.

In addition, the Consumer Price Index increased a whopping 0.5% in July, the largest gain since March. That was above economists' expectations for a 0.2 percent gain.

0.5% per month is equivalent to 6.16% per year, annualized.

The markets are reacting accordingly.

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