How inflation works (or why your chicken is going to cost more)

Source: Matt Phillips & Natalie Kitroeff, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

It’s the worrisome byproduct of a healthy economy: inflation.

To economists, executives and investors, there can be too much of a good thing. The fear now is that inflation will start to rise more quickly, potentially crimping global growth or forcing borrowing costs higher. That prospect spooked the markets earlier this month, briefly sending stocks down more than 10 percent before investors recovered their nerve.

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