Category Archives: Inflation

U.S. inflation rose a sharp 0.4% in May

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4% in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. That creates an inflation rate of 2.1% over the last 12 months, the biggest … Continue reading

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Tracking inflation and I Bonds: A new data page

I have added a new data page to this site’s top navigation: Tracking Inflation and I┬áBonds that I will be updating each month when new inflation numbers are released. I have been having a hard time finding this information, so … Continue reading

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I Bond scenarios: Counting down to May 1, 2014

May 1 update: Treasury drops I Bond fixed rate to 0.1% If you haven’t bought US Savings I Bonds up to the limit in 2014, you face an interesting decision: Buy right now, or wait until May 1, when the … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rose 0.2% in March, what does this mean for I Bonds?

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 this morning. This was slightly higher than the expected rate of 0.1%, and resulted in … Continue reading

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Will inflation rise again? A well-reasoned argument why that is a danger

In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Martin Feldstein crafted a thoughtful and accessible argument on why the Federal Reserve is potentially moving toward igniting inflation by keeping short-term interest rates extremely low. The article, titled ‘The Fed’s Missing Guidance,’ argues that … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rose a mild 0.1% in February

U.S. inflation increased 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, continuing a trend of very mild inflation for more than a year. Over the last 12 months, the Consumer Price Index for … Continue reading

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Savings Bond holders: Your I Bond interest rate could drop to 0.0% on May 1

May 1 update: Treasury drops I Bond fixed rate to 0.1% We are supposed to be in a year of rising interest rates, but so far that hasn’t been true. And holders of I Savings Bonds could be in for … Continue reading

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New Treasury Floating-Rate Notes: Bad deal for small investors?

The Treasury Department said today it will hold its first Floating-Rate Note auction on Jan. 29. These 2-year-term FRNs are a new product, and are drawing a lot of attention as a possible replacement or add-on to fixed-income holdings like … Continue reading

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U.S. inflation rises a meek 0.1% in May

U.S. inflation continued at a mild pace in May, rising just 0.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis and creating a ‘headline’ inflation rate of 1.4% over the last 12 months. Here’s the summary report. The non-seasonally adjusted number was 0.2%, … Continue reading

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Should TIPS holders root for higher inflation?

Interesting article today in the Wall Street Journal, with the enticing headline: ‘TIPS Investors Rush for Exit.’ Here’s the premise: A surprise drop in gasoline prices has jolted a corner of the bond market, easing investors’ inflation fears and triggering … Continue reading

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