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Child Care And Education Costs Are Off The Charts. Literally.

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The costs of educating and caring for children just keep soaring. Just check out this chart from a recent Brookings Institution analysis of consume...

Where Is the Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

It's a pity more of those "inflationistas," who cry wolf at the slightest hint of rising prices, haven't visited the FDR Memorial where some of his most telling words are engraved, such as: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

College Costs and the American Dream

Charles Kolb | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

For the first time in decades, young Americans are now questioning whether obtaining more postsecondary education is worth the time and expense.

Arthur Delaney

Social Security Cut Would Put More Money In Seniors' Pockets, GOP Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A controversial proposal that would save the government billions by changing the way Social Security benefits are adjusted each year wou...

Fed's Problem: Deflation?

Terry Savage | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Terry Savage

The latest report on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows inflation edged up only 0.1 percent in August, less than expected. And the year-over-year inflation rate is only 1.15 percent. So is that good news, or bad?

Inflation: The Latest Threat to Mortgage Rates

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Since mortgage lenders are very sensitive to the threat of inflation, this rise in the CPI could lead to another wave of mortgage rate increases.

Mark Gongloff

The Fed Has Two Jobs, And It Is Failing At Both Of Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.16.2013 | Business

When it comes to monetary policy, the Federal Reserve has just two jobs, and it's failing at both of them. The Fed has a dual mandate to promote ma...

Grover Norquist Says NOOOO To Chained CPI

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress who have pledged never to raise taxes will be breaking their promise if they support changing how the government mea...

Robert Reich's Petition to President Obama: Don't Hurt Seniors With a Chained CPI Benefit Cut to Social Security

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

This is absolutely not the legacy Mr. Obama wants to leave behind, should this measure go through

Arthur Delaney

Bernie Sanders Calls Out Social Security Haters

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Seventy-three years ago to the day, Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vt., was issued the first Social Security check. "It wasn't that I exp...

The 'Chained CPI' Cut: If You Can't Dazzle Them With Brilliance...

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Let me get right to the point. I'm against the proposed "chained CPI" cut in Social Security because it substantially undermines the protection against inflation that Social Security recipients enjoy under current law.

Arthur Delaney

Fiscal Cliff Cuts: Democrats Divided Over Whether To Put Social Security 'On The Table'

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top Democrats in Congress on Tuesday signaled their willingness to consider cuts to social insurance programs as part of a broader budge...

Arcane Inflation Measure May Be Key To Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 11.09.2012 | Business

As people in Washington resume their pursuit of freaking out the populace with threats to plunge over the "fiscal cliff" -– the package of spending ...

Harry Reid: 'We Are Not Going To Mess With Social Security'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

Top Democrats in the U.S. Senate are saying this week that they won't push changes to Social Security as part of a deal to reduce the federal budget d...

AARP Warns Lawmakers About Potential Fiscal Cliff Deal

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics

With hints that party leaders may soon seek a deal on taxes and spending, AARP is warning lawmakers to stay away from a Social Security cut that has b...

Arthur Delaney

Small Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustments Could Get Smaller

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of 96 organizations representing veterans, the elderly, minorities and labor unions on Tuesday used the occasion of the annu...

Catherine New

It Costs More To Be American In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 09.06.2012 | Money

Against the "better off" message pushed at the Democratic National Convention, there remain some sobering facts: It costs more to be an American in 20...

No Price Like Home

Evan Soltas | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Evan Soltas

The Federal Reserve has been mis-measuring inflation for years. And there's a compelling case that its mis-measurement led, albeit indirectly, to the housing boom and bust, and therefore to the 2008 recession.

Cost Of Living Flatlined In June

Reuters | Posted 09.16.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices were flat in June as the cost of gasoline dropped, offering some relief for cash-strapped Ameri...

Good News For Your Budget

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer prices fell in May by the most in over three years as households paid less for gasoline, possibly givi...

Is Your Spending Normal?

J.D. Roth | Posted 07.01.2012 | Money
J.D. Roth

Do you like to compare your spending to a broader average? What are your favorite sources for comparing numbers? Do you worry when your spending on, say, housing is far greater than the norm? Or do you just figure different people have different priorities?

The High Cost of the Fed's Low Rates

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.01.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

With the economic recovery still lagging, the intended rewards of the Federal Reserve's aggressive campaign to lower interest rates have yet to be realized. But the cost of that campaign to depositors can be counted, and it may have exceeded $200 billion in the last year alone.

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....