August Inflation Rises 0.2%: What It Means For Social Security, TIPS, And I Bonds


  • August headline inflation came in below the consensus for the month and year. Core inflation was also below the consensus.
  • The current trend in CPI-W would place the 2019 Social Security cost-of-living increase in a range of 2.7% to 3.0%, with one month remaining for the calculation.
  • Non-seasonally adjusted inflation increased just 0.06% in August, after a 0.01% increase in July. What does this mean for TIPS and I Bonds?

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  1. I have updated my Tracking Inflation and I Bonds page with the new numbers.
  2. I have also updated my Social Security COLA page with an update on the 2018 calculation.
  3. And here are the updated October Inflation Indexes for all TIPS.


About Tipswatch

Author of blog, David Enna is a long-time journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. A past winner of two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, he has written on real estate and home finance, and was a founding editor of The Charlotte Observer's website.
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