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  • noun economics The act of restoring a deflated general level of prices to a previous or desired level.

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  • noun inflation of currency after a period of deflation; restore the system to a previous state


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reflate +‎ -ion, parallel to deflation


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  • Reflation, which is the printing of money by borrowing on the credit of our sons and daughters, and their sons and daughters, is the only option. the term reflation is just beginning to get traction. The Ad-Free Personal Finance Blogs Aggregator 2008

  • "The effort of reflation is not merely coming from the U.S. and [quantitiative-easing] potential, but is also a policy that appears will be taken more widely," said Stephen Lieber, chief investment officer at Alpine Mutual Funds.

    Stocks Rally to Five-Month High Steven Russolillo 2010

  • So although still speculative, it would do well to remember that reflation is wonderful as long as it's not inflationary.

    Budget Woes, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty 2009

  • And the longer the economy takes to rebound, the longer it will take for the so-called reflation trade to pay off.

    Reflation and How to Exploit It 2009

  • To make it sound a respectable policy they call it reflation.

    Responsible and Prudent Economic Policies 1983

  • For a read on the success of the stimulus plan and the Fed's "reflation" attempt, investors should keep a close eye on inventory figures.

    Calling In the Inventory 2009

  • Investors are referring to this phenomenon as the "reflation" trade.

    Oil Spike Raises Portfolio Questions 2009

  • A point may very well have come in the decade, possibly around 1934, where the price level and employment too had sunk so far that people began to expect "reflation" and recovery.

    Edmund S. Phelps - Autobiography 2007

  • But it isn't just the ripples from the money flooding into the financial system that has some looking at a "reflation" trade.

    Reflation and How to Exploit It 2009

  • Najarian believes that it is premature to bet on inflation and thinks that what's pushing commodity prices, emerging markets and Treasury yields higher lately is the "reflation" trade (ie a re-embrace of risk by traders after the flight to the relative safety of the dollar and Treasuries in late 2008 and early 2009). - Financial News 2010


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