Inflation Cools in October: What the Experts Are Saying

The October CPI report was a small win for the Fed ... and a big win for the stock market.

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Inflation eased by more than forecast last month, fueling hope that the Federal Reserve could restrain the pace of interest rate hikes that are slowing the economy and weighing on stocks.

The October consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4% from the previous month, the Labor Department said Thursday, which was below economists' expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Year-over-year, inflation rose 7.7% in October, but that was also below projections for a gain of 7.9%. Kiplinger is forecasting inflation to continue to cool even more, reaching a rate of a little above 3% by the end of next year.

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.

In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics, demographics, real estate, cost of living indexes and more.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

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