Inflation Nation (Part 2)

By |2017-01-09T12:06:46+00:00January 6th, 2017|Categories: Global Market Update|Tags: , , |

What does our low inflation environment mean for investors? Core Personal Consumption Expenditure Deflator. Source: Department of Commerce Inflation is an average. Prices in some areas are growing quickly, while others fall. That’s the way it has to be in a broadly diversified economy. The broadest measure of inflation—the personal consumption deflator—measures everything that consumers buy, and weights it by how much then spend on those items. It measures substitution effects. So if the cost of cotton [...]

CPI – December 2015

By |2016-11-17T16:01:00+00:00January 25th, 2016|Categories: Coincident Indicators|Tags: , |

Consumer prices are showing a little pressure but not a great deal. Though the CPI slipped 0.1 percent in December, the core rate did edge 1 tenth higher. Year-on-year, both rates are inching higher, at plus 0.7 percent for total prices, up 2 tenths from November, and at 2.1 percent for the core, up 1 tenth in the month and right at the Fed's 2 percent inflation target. Still, the core reading is well short of the [...]