Category Archives: Inflation

US inflation fell into deflation in December, down 0.1%; what does this mean for I Bonds and TIPS?

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) declined 0.1% in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months – the year 2015 – the all items index … Continue reading

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Up next: Treasury will reopen 5-year TIPS at auction Dec. 17, 2015

This is CUSIP 912828K33, a 4-year, 4-month TIPS, the shortest term you can buy at an auction. This TIPS was originally created April 23, 2015, with a coupon rate of 0.125% and a real yield to maturity of -0.335%. In … Continue reading

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New I Bond variable rate will rise to 1.54% on Nov. 1, 2015

The September inflation numbers are in, and this is a big number for I Bond investors. The number closes out the March to September period the Treasury uses to set the variable (inflation-adjusted) rate on I Bonds on Nov. 1. … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rises 0.3% in June; what does it mean for TIPS and I Bonds?

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. But over the last 12 months, overall inflation rose just 0.1%. While higher gasoline … Continue reading

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Variable interest rate on I Bonds will drop to -1.60% on May 1

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index declined 0.1%. This is an … Continue reading

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Deflation breaks (slightly), as US inflation rises 0.2% in February

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, US inflation was flat – 0.0%. February’s slight increase … Continue reading

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I Bond watchers: Important inflation report coming Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the September inflation report Wednesday morning, and this is the final piece of data needed to determine the inflation-adjusted interest rate for US Savings I Bonds from Nov. 1, 2014, to April … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rose a moderate 0.1% in July

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1% in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, this ‘headline’ inflation rate increased 2.0%. The 0.1% number … Continue reading

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Federal Reserve gives savers another slap in the face

Ouch. But it’s OK. We’re used to it. The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee on Wednesday issued minutes from its June meeting, with the headline being: ‘Economy is improving, inflation is rising, but Fed stands by ultra-low interest rates well … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rose 0.3% in June

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, inflation increased 2.1%. The June increase – which hit … Continue reading

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