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MSN: 12 Things That Will Cost You More in 2013

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Oh goody! MSN lists 12 things that will cost more in 2013. Some of them aren’t a big deal. Food, however, is a big deal. Their list: • Cars • Food • Grain • Health insurance premiums • High-end TVs and home theater systems • Computers • Copper • Smartphones • Daily deals • College […]

Monthly CPI Data Going Back to 1926

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Here are the monthly CPI changes I have going back to 1926. I’m not exactly sure where I got these numbers. I think it was the BLS.gov website but I’m not sure. It’s been a couple of years since I first collected these numbers and then I updated them with the CPI data from BLS. […]

Photo of the Day: Hidden Inflation

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Not sure when they changed the size of the bag (I don’t buy candy very often) but if it went to 11.4 ounces from 12 ounces and the price stayed the same, that’s the same as a 5% price increase. I also think it’s funny that the bag is a lot bigger than it needs […]

Schiff: The Fed is Pushing Oil Prices Higher

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I was going through my email and found a link to this interesting interview with Peter Schiff, author of one of my favorite books from last year, How an Economy Grows and Why It Crashes*. I thought this question and answer was interesting: Question: So, with a more thoughtful and sober monetary policy from the […]

CPI Quotes from Jeffrey Hirsch

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

From page 10 of Jeffrey Hirsch’s Super Boom: Why the Dow Jones Will Hit 38,820 and How You Can Profit From It* comes this quote regarding inflation: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has tweaked and manipulated the Consumer Price Index (CPI) so many times over the past 30 years or […]

Links to the CPI Tables Going Back to 2000

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I have been spending some time the last couple of days, looking at the CPI reports. If you’ve never looked at one of these reports, I urge you to do so. They’re pretty interesting. I still can’t for the life of me figure out why the BLS groups Education and Communications together. Why not give […]

An Interesting Inflation Graphic

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

I found this link on facebook the other day. Check it out: CPI Categories Since 2000. From what I can tell, they got their numbers for college tuition from the BLS like I did. I’m not sure why their numbers are so much higher than mine are.

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