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How a government shutdown could complicate Fed’s fight against inflation

Posted on AllSides September 29th, 2023
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The U.S. government is on pace for a partial shutdown in less than two days, leaving the next major U.S. inflation report in a state of limbo with the potential to inject uncertainty into the minds of inflation traders and central bank officials.

The September consumer-price index, set for release on Oct. 12, could go “missing” or be delayed, which might force the government to rely on a replacement index, according to Morgan Stanley strategists Francesco Grechi and Ariana Salvatore, along with economist Ellen Zentner.

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