Inflation Archive

Latest Consumer Price Inflation (November 2015)

There was a slight uptick in the broad consumer inflation measure in November. More interesting is the housing components, which continue to show high figures. Housing shortage still persists and this condition will jack-up the broad inflation rate in...

Latest Consumer Price Index (July 2015)

There is no inflation to speak of, but rents are now rising at the fastest pace in nearly seven years. The smiles from lower gasoline prices are quickly getting cracked by the hard squeeze on higher housing cost, which...

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...

Inflation Rate in 2014

Consumer prices fell in December, yielding a low one-year 2014 inflation rate of only 0.7 percent.  However, renters are getting squeezed.  Rents increased at the fastest clip since 2008 with a 3.4 percent jump in 2014.  Home prices are...

The Latest on Consumer Inflation

Lower gasoline prices are contributing to low overall consumer price inflation.  Low inflation in turn means interest rates can continue to remain at rock bottom rates.  However, one weighty component in consumer prices shows an accelerating trend:  namely, rents...