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The biggest driver of the macroeconomic backdrop is inflation. At the last FOMC meeting, the Federal Reserve made it clear that its fall decisions about interest-rate increases would be driven by data – most notably inflation data. On today’s show, NLW looks at the just-released July inflation stats and why they’re the first positive inflation surprise we’ve had in more than a year.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore, aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and Eleanor Pahl. Research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsors is “The Now” by Aaron Sprinkle. Image credit: z_wei/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at