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Greetings, While economists continue to forecast a pickup in inflation this year, two supposedly “transient” factors are keeping disinflationary pressures intact. 1. The trade-weighted US dollar index continues to climb and is now at the highest level since 2002. 2. The yellow number below is not a typo. Brent crude oil is now firmly below $30/bbl. In

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2015 was a year of tremendous political and economic volatility including continued stale mate of the Greek debt crisis reforms (The Greek Impact on Stock Markets), the Chinese stock market summer crash, plummeting oil prices (Do Oil Prices Foreshadow a Slump in US Stock Markets?) and repeated terrorists attacks from Paris to Nigeria and Lebanon. Yet US stockmarkets largely weathered the volatility

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