(July 31): Inflation, or more precisely the lack of it, has become a major point of contention for monetary policy makers and those seeking to understand where asset markets are heading. In general, this year has seen lower-than-expected inflation in developed economies. As a result, central banks in the US and Europe face a conundrum: Their economies have recovered from the ravages of the global financial crisis and subsequent aftershocks, such as the eurozone sovereign debt crises, but inflation data is not signalling a need to raise interest rates.

Have a premium account? Sign in to continue reading.

Unlimited access to all stories from $4.99/month*

The latest reporting and analysis from business and investments to news and views on social issues.

Bonus:

  • Simultaneous logins across all devices
  • Instant access to past digital issues
  • Unlimited access to The Edge Malaysia
  • *For annual subscription plan only. T&Cs apply

Subscribe