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U.K. Inflation Hits 40-Year High, Putting Government on Defensive

U.K. Inflation Hits 40-Year High, Putting Government on Defensive

LONDON—The U.K.’s annual rate of inflation jumped to a forty-year-high in April, the highest level recorded by an industrialized nation since the start of the global price surge last year. Consumer prices in April were 9% higher than a year earlier, a jump from 7% in March and the highest inflation rate since March 1982, …

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Fed Officials Are on the Defensive as High Inflation Lingers

Fed Officials Are on the Defensive as High Inflation Lingers

Christopher Waller, a governor at the Federal Reserve, faced an uncomfortable task on Friday night: He delivered remarks at a conference packed with leading academic economists titled, suggestively, “How Monetary Policy Got Behind the Curve and How to Get Back.” Fed officials — who set America’s monetary policy — have found themselves on the defensive …

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Investors Rush Into Defensive ETFs as Market Turbulence Grows

Investors Rush Into Defensive ETFs as Market Turbulence Grows

Jittery investors are pouring money into exchange-traded funds tied to defensive sectors, seeking safety in a market that continues to be whipsawed by worries about rising interest rates. Net inflows into defensive ETFs—or those related to the consumer staples, healthcare, utilities and real-estate sectors, along with precious metals, Treasurys and commodities—have totaled $50 billion this …

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