Inflation Archive

The Consumer Price Index, Spending, and Inflation

In speaking with REALTOR® members, I often hear a complaint that the government’s inflation statistics do not reflect reality. Recent data show that the inflation rate for consumer prices has increased about 2 percent above a year ago, but...

The Latest Housing Starts

Total housing starts surged 15.7% from June to July to 1.093 million in July.  This is the highest pace since November of 2013.  The bulk of the increase came from the multifamily sector, but there was solid growth on...

Inflation: the Short and Long-Run Scenarios

Broad inflation still looks tame, up less than 2 percent from one year ago, but could easily rise faster.  The annualized inflation in April was already speeding at a higher 2.4 percent rate (that is if price gain in...

Inflation Outlook

In each Economic Update, the Research staff analyzes recently released economic indicators and addresses what these indicators mean for REALTORS® and their clients. Today’s update discusses CPI and the outlook in inflation. After a virtually non-existent rise in consumer...

Positive Data Released Today: Fewer Jobless Claims and Tame Inflation

Data released today on the number of unemployment insurance claims for the week ending February 15 and January inflation data are positives for the housing sector. Job stability continues to improve in 2014. Initial claims for unemployment insurance in...