Slowing inflation tempers payrolls triumph

While strong payrolls data raises the possibility of a December taper, disinflationary pressures may see the Federal Reserve hold off for a time.

Job creation in the United States maintained its pace during November and beat market expectations. It was a payrolls report that will spark further discussion of when the Federal Reserve will begin tapering its US$85 billion asset purchase program. But it wasn’t all good news on Friday, with inflation slowing to a level that may raise some concerns within the Fed.

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