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The 26 economic charts you shouldn’t have missed in January

Oil and central bank action dominated economic headlines in January, but lots of other chart-able stuff happened this month. (We’ve got your back, Greece.)

Let’s start with oil, though—because it’s hard to overstate the impact of what’s happening there.

The oil bust continues

Oil prices are still falling

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US crude oil inventories hit a record high

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The International Energy Agency cut its 2015 forecast for global oil production.

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Moving on to low-flation…

US inflation is falling

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UK inflation is falling

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The euro zone fell deeper into deflation

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In the zone

The European Central Bank finally unveiled its stimulus program, pushing the euro lower

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Bond yields fell after the news, though they’ve been doing that for a while

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The continent could use it, considering how unemployment has remained pretty high

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But it’s nothing compared with Greece

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Where government bond yields rose this week after the anti-austerity Syriza party formed a new government

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Meanwhile, central banking was looking pretty de-centralized…

Switzerland cuts its benchmark interest rate twice in a month’s time

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It also de-pegged the franc from the euro

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The Central Bank of Brazil, meanwhile, hiked rates

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The Nigerian naira fell after the Central Bank of Nigeria left rates alone

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Made in China

China’s trade surplus grew

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China GDP growth slowed

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Chinese inflation is stable on the consumer side, but deflation deepened on the producer side

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As for the Anglosphere…

The US economy grew a bit more slowly than expected last quarter

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And US wages aren’t getting much of a boost

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But US jobless claims are way down

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So is US unemployment

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So it makes sense that US consumers are feeling pretty good

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As are US businesses

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The British unemployment situation is similarly improving

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As are British wages

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