Are You Ready for 'Stagflation-Lite'?

Even as the Fed unleashes rate cuts, the economy may be in for weak growth coupled with inflation, though not as severe as the 1970s

Is another big name from the 1970s attempting a comeback? Stagflation, the worst-of-both-worlds scenario in which weak growth is accompanied by robust inflation, may be on the radar again. It's enough to conjure memories of President Gerald Ford's ill-fated campaign to talk down prices through a "Whip Inflation Now" (WIN) campaign. The risk is evident in the latest economic numbers. Indeed, Marc Faber, the widely followed global investment adviser based in Asia believes that "we're already in stagflation: no real economic growth—or recession—amidst inflation" in his latest Gloom Boom & Doom Report.

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