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The true cost of inflation: How many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck?

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Amid the Federal Reserve’s persistent efforts to rein in inflation, a study has revealed that over 60% of Americans are grappling with living paycheck to paycheck, highlighting the enduring impact of high price escalations.

Conducted by LendingClub, the survey unveiled that 61% of adults struggled to make financial ends meet in July—a surge from 59% recorded in the same month of the previous year.

The survey’s findings correlate with recently released federal government data, indicating a 0.2% increase in the Personal Consumption Expenditures index, a pivotal gauge of inflation closely monitored by the Federal Reserve.

Core prices, excluding the more volatile food and energy components, have surged by 4.2% over the past year.

The report further elucidates that Americans are allocating more funds to dine out, attend live events, buy toys, clothing, and prescription drugs. Ordering dishes containing beef and veal has escalated by nearly 11% in July compared to the previous year. Similarly, having a beer at a bar or restaurant became around 4% costlier last month than in the corresponding period last year.

Clothing and footwear prices have risen by over 2.4% year-over-year in July, while children’s clothing experienced a steep 5.4% surge. Medical expenditures have also seen an uptick, with pharmaceutical costs soaring by 3.4% and prescription drug prices rising by 2.8% in July.

Healthcare expenses have amplified as well, with dental visits costing 5.3% more in July compared to the same period the previous year.

As the Federal Reserve contemplates whether to raise interest rates once more during its upcoming meeting, the latest data provide context. Expectations remain that the central bankers will retain the current rate range of 5.25%-5.5%, following a 25 basis point increase in July.

A recent statement from Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist highlighted that Americans are now shelling out an additional $709 monthly for essential goods and services compared to just two years ago.

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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Blockchain sparks a transformative influence in Australia

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Professor unveils blockchain’s role in transforming the economy and innovative projects taking place at RMIT University.

Crypto Corner explores the latest market movements, expert insights and the influence of macroeconomic factors on the crypto industry.

Crypto Corner is hosted by Caroline Bowler, CEO of BTC Markets.

In this episode, BTC Markets CEO Caroline Bowler interviews Professor Chris Berg, Director of RMIT Digital3 and Co-Founder of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University. They discuss RMIT’s cutting-edge projects and the transformative impact of blockchain technology in Australia.

Professor Berg shares insights into RMIT’s Digital3 philosophy, which combines research, innovation, and collaboration to drive the digital economy. Learn about groundbreaking initiatives in blockchain, cyber security, and AI, and how these disruptive technologies are reshaping business, government, and society.

Discover how RMIT is leading the charge in rethinking and regenerating the way we work through world-class research and tailored education, offering a glimpse into the future of technology and its potential to benefit both the economy and society. #crypto corner

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From $25K to $1.5M in real estate: expert unveils game-changing strategy for investors

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Empower your property investing with these key tips

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark is joined by Dean Fraser, Founder and CEO of BrickFloor. #trending #wyld money

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