Stories by Naema Ahmed

Jerome Powell's obsession with inflation and economic growth

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell talks about inflation, unemployment and growth more than anything else, an Axios analysis of the chairman's speeches and congressional testimonies in his first year shows.

Why it matters: A new era of more frequent press conferences begins on Wednesday, and it will likely change the way investors look at Powell's words.

France’s gas prices among highest in the world

Adapted from IEA; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Violent protests in France over a now-shelved plan to raise gasoline taxes highlight the country’s comparatively high pump prices.

The big picture: People around the world pay vastly different prices to fuel their gasoline-powered vehicles, depending on how the country in which they live subsidizes or taxes the fuel. The chart above offers a snapshot of four countries with different price profiles — oil-rich Saudi Arabia subsidizes its gasoline much more than most other countries; France, along with most Western European nations, has high taxes while car-dependent America has relatively low prices compared to its global counterparts.

Electricity generation reaches highest level since the 2008 recession

Adapted from U.S. Energy Information Administration via Danish Embassy; Note: Figures reflect previous 12 months; Chart: Axios Visuals

America’s electricity generation reached the highest level since before the economic recession, just-released government data shows.

Why it matters: Electricity generation in the U.S. has been largely stagnant for a decade, fueled by a slow-growing economy after the 2008 financial crash and the resulting lackluster electricity demand. That’s starting to change, recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows.