Filipino workers there are getting creative on ways to satisfy their daily dietary needs. For example, instead of eating rice, the price of which has shot up 30% lately, they’re looking at potatoes and salad. The products are cheaper, but still nutrient-rich.
Consumer prices overall have inflated by 0.8% during April alone. They’re up 3.5% for the year.
Among the hardest-hit areas is that of food products, which are a basic need, reports Hector Pascua for ABS-CBN News. Rising fuel prices are to blame for the rise in food prices, similar to what we’re seeing in the United States.
Is the iShares MSCI Austria Index (EWO) feeling the effects of a 7.8% rise in food prices for April, and the transportation fares rising 7.3%, all driven by the 26% increase in fuel prices? Consumer services only make up 0.96% of the ETF. Financials are 34.7% of the fund, however, and energy is 14.4%, so any increase may be reflected soon.
Year-to-date, the fund is up 1.8%. In the last month, it’s up 7.9%.
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