Consumer Price Index - CPI (CPIS)

SeekingAlpha  10 hrs ago  Comment 
By Cullen Roche: This strange new world of disinflation continues. Yesterday’s CPI reading Complete Story »
Forbes  Sep 17  Comment 
The Federal Reserve’s post-financial crisis policies have led a number of pundits to predict hyperinflation for the United States (see for example Is U.S. Hyperinflation Imminent?, Gold Videocast: Peter Schiff Answers Your FAQs, Central Bank...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 17  Comment 
By The Inflation Trader: Here is a summary of my post-CPI tweets. You can follow me @inflation_guy: Complete shocker of a CPI figure. Core at +0.01%, barely needed any rounding to get to 0.0. Y/y falls to 1.73%. Awful. Zero chance the Fed...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 17  Comment 
By Marc Chandler: This Great Graphic was created on Bloomberg. It shows U.S. (yellow) and U.K. (white) wage growth indexed to the end of 2008. The two time series used here are not identical, but similar enough to give a sense of the lack of...
247WallSt  Sep 17  Comment 
Consumer prices fell in August, which creates a conundrum for a Federal Reserve over whether to raise interest rates and end the quantitative easing measures.  Sep 17  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - The U.S. CPI for August is due at 8:30 am ET Wednesday. Ahead of the data, the greenback showed mixed trading against the other major currencies. While the greenback held steady against the pound and the euro, it climbed...
Market Intelligence Center  Sep 17  Comment 
After climbing on Tuesday, U.S. markets are barely moving Wednesday morning. The S&P 500 is up 0.01% and the Dow is up 0.05%. Consumer prices increased 0.2% in August following a 0.1% increase in July. At 2:00 p.m. today Janet Yellen will deliver...
Clusterstock  Sep 17  Comment 
Consumer prices are cold. The consumer price index fell by 0.2%, which compares to the 0.0% expected by economists. This is the first decline since April 2013. Excluding food and energy, core CPI went nowhere, the first unchanged reading since...  Sep 17  Comment 
Visit at for the full story.  Sep 17  Comment 
BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) - Following the release of Eurozone CPI for August at 5 am ET Wednesday, the euro changed little against the other major currencies. The euro was trading at 1.2957 against the greenback, 139.00 against the yen, 0.7952 against...


This article is about the Consumer Price Index. For the article on the company with ticker CPI or companies named CPI, see CPI (disambiguation).

The Consumer Price Index (CPI, or headline inflation) provides data on the month-over-month and year-over-year changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. It is the main inflation report for the futures and financial markets. Unexpected rises in this indicator usually lead to falling bond prices, rising interest rates, and increased market volatility.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures two kinds of CPI statistics: CPI for urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W), and the chained CPI for all urban consumers (C-CPI-U). Of the two types of CPI, the C-CPI-U is a better representation of the general public, because it accounts for about 87% of the population. On top of that, the BLS also calculates Core CPI Index, which excludes goods with volatile prices like food and energy in order to measure core inflation. Consumer prices are important because consumer buying drives the economy. CPI examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services, such as transportation, food and medical care. The CPI is calculated by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them; the goods are weighted according to their importance. Changes in CPI are used to assess price changes associated with the cost of living.

CPI is one of the most frequently used statistics for identifying periods of inflation or deflation. This is because large rises in CPI during a short period of time typically denote periods of inflation and large drops in CPI during a short period of time usually mark periods of deflation.

Also see the Produce Price Index.

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