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Summary of My Post-CPI Tweets

Here’s a summary of my post-CPI tweets:

  • #CPI +0.7%/+0.2% ex food & energy. Y/Y core back up over 2% at 2.004%. And going higher.
  • Gasoline prices +9.1%, so there you go for everyone who thought Jan’s number was low.
  • Economists had been looking for a “soft” 0.2% on core core, and got it at +0.17% rounding up to +0.2%.
  • y/y rise in Owner’s Equivalent Rent rose to 2.14%, a new post-2008 high. That’s on the way to 3% or 4% over the next 1-2 years, at least.
  • Accelerating Major groups: whoa…EVERY major group accelerated y/y. All 8 of them. I’ve never seen that.
  • Food & Bev: 1.625% from 1.558%. Housing 1.929% from 1.805%. Apparel 2.426% from 2.115%. Transp 2.361% from 0.712%.
  • Recreation 0.890% vs 0.554%. Educ/Comm 1.740% from 1.622%. Other 1.803% from 1.574%. Only close one: Medical 3.107% from 3.095%
  • #CPI didn’t surprise on the upside, but there is just nothing weak about this number. Anywhere.
  • Well, core goods I guess. +0.3% from +0.4%. But core services went to 2.6%, mainly on housing strength. If core goods ever recover…

The mainstream media and many economists will yawn at this number and miss the big picture. There is just nothing important here that is weak. In particular, every major group accelerated on a year-on-year basis. That’s amazing. It’s not unprecedented, I am sure, but I don’t remember seeing it happen before. Usually some are accelerating, some are decelerating, even when inflation overall is accelerating or decelerating.


In particular, housing continues to quietly accelerate, as we’ve been predicting. It is going significantly higher.

Core inflation is going to accelerate further, although the next several months have solid year-earlier comparisons of +0.22%, +0.22%, +0.20%, and +0.21%. But we think we’ll see core inflation nevertheless accelerate over that time frame, and then there are six easy comparisons in a row with nothing above 0.17%. By year-end, we still think we will see core of 2.6%-3.0%.

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  1. Jim H.
    March 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    ‘The mainstream media and many economists will yawn at this number and miss the big picture.’

    They love to highlight new record highs in the Dow. But they never celebrate new record highs in CPI-U. We got one today, though, with CPI-U ending its four-month pause and busting through last September’s high.

    Non-seasonally adjusted CPI-U rose 0.819% from last month. This healthy pop feeds into TIPS principal values during April.

    • March 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Ha, good point…not sure CNBC would enjoy that one though.

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