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Consumer Price Index

Here's What You Paid More For Last Month

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 06.13.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — Gas prices rose more slowly in March, keeping overall U.S. inflation mild. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in March, the...

Are Money Market Rates Poised for a Comeback?

Richard Barrington | Posted 06.10.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

Is your money market account stuck in a rut? If so, you're not alone. Money market rates have been locked into a long and steady descent for a few years now. Finally, though, there are signs that this could change in the months ahead.

What You'll Be Paying More For This Weekend

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 03.16.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- A sharp jump in gas prices drove a measure of U.S. consumer costs up in February. But outside higher pump prices, inflation stayed mild....

Best Way to Win the Gas Game: Don't Play

Adam Levin | Posted 05.01.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

Oil is a matter of macro concern but your finances involve very micro considerations. Pick a day or two a week where you simply keep your credit card in your purse or wallet. Save money wherever you can, but save oil everywhere you can.

Has Anyone in Washington Noticed the Price of a Box of Pasta Lately?

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Steven Kurlander

While most Americans spend about 10% of their family's budget on groceries, about one-third of them actually spend closer to 20%, so large increases in grocery prices means less spending on consumer goods, which account for a great portion of our economic activity.

The Worst Holidays Since The Great Depression

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter and Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 12.29.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Retail sales this holiday season are expected to rise 3.8 percent to a record of $469.1 billion, according to the National Retail ...

Want To Treat Your Love To The '12 Days Of Christmas'? It'll Cost Ya

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home

PITTSBURGH — The price of partridges, pear trees and turtle doves has spiked, pushing the cost of every item mentioned in the carol "The Twelve ...

Prices Fall For First Time In Four Months

Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

U.S. consumer prices fell in October for the first time in four months as Americans paid less for new cars and gasoline, although prices outside o...

Rising Prices Squeeze The Purchasing Power Of Americans

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumers paid more for a range of goods and services last month, pushing up inflation and squeezing Americans' purchasing power. ...

China Says Cooling Surging Prices Still Top Priority

AP | By JOE McDONALD | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

BEIJING -- China's central bank said Monday that cooling surging prices still is its top priority even after inflation eased slightly in August. Th...

$2 a Gallon Gas, Michele Bachmann? Aim Higher.

Adam Levin | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Levin

Michele Bachmann asserted that, if elected, she will fight to bring us back to the heady days of $2 per gallon gasoline. That's one hell of a campaign promise.

Higher Prices Hit Cash-Strapped Back-To-School Shoppers

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall. Some are us...

Inflation Indicators Take Biggest Jump Since March, But Economists Aren't Worried

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

Two major indicators of inflation rose last month, but most economists say they aren't worried. Some even say it's a good thing. The Consumer Price...

Cutting Social Security by Stealth

Dean Baker | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

There is a full-fledged drive to cut social security benefits by lowering the annual cost of living adjustment for people already receiving benefits.

Paige Lavender

Dem Congressman Shows How New Obama Plan Slashes Social Security | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) took to the House floor Wednesday to decry efforts being made by President Barack Obama and the Gang of Six ...

Americans Continue To Struggle As Fears Of Inflation Aren't Eliminated

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Gas prices fell in June, but prices for nearly everything else rose, according to figures released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistic...

Welcome News for Money Market Accounts: Inflation Chills Out

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Richard Barrington

It may be heating up outside, but a cool breeze of relief has come from an unexpected source. The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report shows inflation easing back a little bit.

Core Inflation Rises At Fastest Pace In Three Years

Posted 08.15.2011 | Business

Core consumer inflation rose at quickest pace in nearly three years in May and a regional manufacturing gauge contracted this month, underscoring ...

Japan's Prices Rise For First Time In Two Years

AP | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business

TOKYO -- Japan's consumer prices in April rose for the first time in more than two years on a spike in energy and tobacco prices, the government said ...

Gas And Food Prices Jump But Not Enough To Worry Fed

Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Lucia Mutikani) - Inflation raced to a 2-1/2 year high in April as food and gasoline prices rose, but there was little sign of a ...

How Inflation Destroys Real Wages

Michael Pento | Posted 06.20.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

Mark my words: if the Fed and Obama Administration place their faith in stagnant incomes to contain inflation, they will sit idly by while the country collapses in front of their eyes.

Yepoka Yeebo

Soaring Prices Still Don't Indicate Real Inflation, Economists Say | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business

Despite American consumers being hard hit by rising gas and grocery prices, federal regulators continue to insist the country need not fear inflation....

How Bernanke Takes His Porridge

Pamela Rosenau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pamela Rosenau

Because of the tenuous situation in the Middle East, policymakers have to cool their jets. Prior to these events, the 'DO NOT WALK' sign was already flashing when it came to buying bonds.

8 Industries That Could Get Crushed By Commodity Prices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The cost of crucial goods are rising, and consumers are about to feel the pinch. Amid indications of improvement in the American economy, a host o...

Yepoka Yeebo

Food, Fuel Prices Drive Up Costs For Consumers In January | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Higher food and energy prices pushed up the consumer price index for January according to government figures released today. The index, the most clos...