Inflation Archive

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...

Inflation and Mortgage Rates

There is no consumer price inflation to speak of – as of yet.  Even the expectation of future inflation rates remains low.  This is the key reason as to why mortgage rates remain at historically low rates and why...

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...