Tuesday, March 4, 2008

January Inflation Reports

The inflation numbers for another month are in, and the results do not look very good. The charts and brief commentary below summarize the changes.

Today Calculated Risk noted that, "inflation expectation have surged recently." They cite a Bloomberg article that charts the spread between the 5-year TIPS and the 5-year Treasury. You can find an interactive chart of the spread between those two rates on the Cleveland Fed's website.

At this point, I think it's safe to say that - contrary to what the FOMC has to say - both inflation and inflation expectations are not well contained.

Annual core PPI inflation has moved from its 2006 lows near 1% to hovering above 2% in the second half of 2007.

Core PCE inflation has jumped back above 2% and trimmed-mean PCE inflation is nearing 2.5%.

CPI inflation is worst of all; core is near 2.75%, 16% trimmed-mean is approaching 3%, and the median CPI is closing on 3.25%.

1 comment:

StLCardsFan said...

And just wait until Bush invades Iran in a few months, and then the Democrats take the White House and pull out of Iraq. Oil will be $160 a barrel!