FEAR OF INFLATION IS STIFLING THE NATION

AN OUTDATED OBSESSION IS DEPRIVING US OF GREATER WEALTH

As recently as March, most observers were concerned that the economy might be headed for recession. Many expected the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. Suddenly the great concern is that the economy may be growing too fast. Earlier this month, the Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a rate of 2.8% during the first quarter of the year. The bond and stock markets treated this very good news as if it were an unwelcome visitor, and declined sharply. Fickle behavior in financial markets is nothing new, but this latest episode illustrates a deeper problem.

It has become an...

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