Inflation Comes in Hot Again – and Still Understated – 8.3%

The August Consumer Price Index (CPI) just came in at 8.3% (prices up .1% from last month).  Market watchers were expecting a CPI of 8.1% and prices down .1% from July.  Whether the report showed 8.1% or 8.3%, it’s a huge number.  To give you a sense of how bad 8% inflation is, at that … Read more

CPI Hits 9.1% and Somehow People Are Still Surprised

Today’s announcement that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) hit 9.1% was so severe that there is now credible speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise the fed funds rate by 1.00% instead of the planned .75% which would still represent a huge increase.  We warned that inflation was large, understated, a huge problem, and not … Read more