Consumer Archive

Latest Consumer Inflation (March 2015)

There is no inflation to speak of as consumer prices did not change over the past 12 months to March.  However, apartment rents continue to show heat with a 3.5 percent gain.  If there were to be some rise...

Falling Import Prices Help Contain Inflation and Interest Rates

Due to the strengthening in the U.S. dollar the prices of imported goods are falling.  That is helping the overall consumer prices to be tame.  Low inflation means interest rates can remain low for a longer period. In the...

Latest Consumer Confidence (March 2015)

Consumers are becoming ever more confident.  That is a very good sign for home sales.  Only by believing in a better future will consumers make expenditures that are longer-lasting. In March, the consumer confidence index rose to 101.3.  An...

Consumer Interest in Housing Gains Momentum

The Federal Reserve Board of New York released its update to the Survey of Consumer Expectations this morning.  Consumer optimism toward housing has improved significantly at the lower credit spectrum from last spring, and remains robust at the middle...

Latest Producer Price Index

The prices of things that companies pay to make products are falling.  This is an early indicator that consumer prices are likely to be well-contained and thereby delay interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.  But the prices on...