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Why Does the CPI Put Education and Communication in the Same Category?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I was looking at the CPI numbers this morning and noticed something interesting. For some reason, the CPI puts education and communications together in the same category: I can think of one good reason to group the two together: to hide the inflation rate of education. To see what I mean, take a look at […]

Is the CPI Overstating Inflation?

Monday, October 4th, 2010

The following exerpts out of Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics come as a surprise to me because I had always assumed (from what I had read) that the CPI was understating inflation. Thomas Sowell says it differently: At the beginning of the twentieth century, the national output of the United States did not include any airplanes, […]

What’s the “Real” Inflation Rate?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Consumer Price Index, which is the standard for tracking inflation. The way the CPI is calculated was altered in the early 1980s and again in the 1990s. A facebook friend of mine sent me a link to an interesting inflation chart that publishes an alternative inflation number based […]

Inflation and Your Mortgage

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Mark’s comment on yesterday’s post inspired this post. Thanks, Mark! I have written about the impact of inflation on mortgage payments in the past (see: Your Mortgage May Not Be As Expensive As You Think It Is). The problem with old posts is that they get buried and no one ever reads them again. The […]

Gold vs. the S&P 500 Total Return 2000 – 2009

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Check out this graphic I put together using the information I found on During the first decade of the 21st Century, the price of gold has seen an average annual increase of 14.41% compared to the S&P 500 Index’s Total Return of -.95%. For those who are interested, I put together a History of […]

A Decade-by-Decade Look at the S&P 500 Index and Inflation

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Okay, for those you who like graphics (do any of you like graphics or am I just doing this for my own gratification?), here is a decade-by-decade look at the S&P 500 Total Return Index and the CPI. I began each decade with the S&P 500 TR Index, the CPI, and the S&P 500 TR […]

Inflation Really Jacks Up Investment Returns

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Taking a look at the S&P 500 Index adjusted for inflation. After putting together last week’s posts comparing the S&P 500 Index with the Unemployment Rate, I decided to take a look at the S&P 500 Total Return Index along with the Consumer Price Index from 1960 through 2009. Here’s the S&P 500 TR Index […]

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