|Index||Value||1mo change||1yr change||5yr change||Inflation Score|
|Consumer Price Index (CPI)||237.81||0.51%||-0.04%||9.00%||1|
|Producer Price Index (PPI)||192.9||1.15%||-7.26%||4.38%||1|
|1 Yr Treasury Bill Yield||0.24%||0.01||0.14||-0.13||2|
|10 Yr Treasury Note Yield||2.42%||0.14||-0.18||-0.78||2|
|Real Interest Rate||0.28%||-0.15||2.31||1.93||4|
|US 10 yr TIPS||0.50%||0.32||0.13||-0.76||2|
|Industrial Production Index||105.10||-0.07%||1.37%||15.96%||3|
|Personal Consumption Expenditure Index||12,295.01||1.11%||3.97%||21.65%||3|
|Rogers International Commodity Index||2678.97||-2.41%||-2.55%||-9.16%||3|
|Real Median Income||$51,939.00||0.35%||-4.56%||3|
|Consumer Interest in Inflation||Stable||3|
|IAG Inflation Composite||Strong Deflation||1|
|Market Cap to GDP||125.70%||121.20%||74.30%||5|
|IAG Economic Inflation Index*||Mild Deflation||2|
|Median Home price||228,700.00||4.24%||7.88%||30.99%||4|
|30Yr Mortgage Rate||3.84%||0.17||-0.35||-1.05||4|
|US Median Rent||799.00||4.31%||16.64%||4|
|IAG Housing Inflation Index*||Mild Inflation||4|
|US Govt debt held by Fed (B)||2,793.40||0.94%||26.47%||259.70%||1|
|US Debt as a % of GDP (B)||102.59%||-0.16%||0.84%||13.92%||2|
|M2 Money Stock (B)||11,889.2||-0.72%||5.83%||38.91%||4|
|Monetary Base (B)||3,955.23||-2.95%||0.67%||94.57%||3|
|Outstanding US Gov’t Debt (B)||18,152.056||0.06%||3.13%||42.11%||4|
|Total Credit Market Debt (B)||59,045.73||0.56%||3.42%||14.00%||4|
|Velocity of Money [M2]||1.50||0.13%||-2.41%||-13.74%||1|
|US Trade Balance||-40,879.00||20.42%||10.32%||-0.04%||1|
|Big Mac Index||Expensive||1|
|IAG Monetary Inflation Index*||Mild Deflation||2|
|Electricity (cents / KW hour)||12.35||2.07%||0.90%||3|
|IAG Energy Inflation Index*||Strong Deflation||1|
|Food and Essentials|
|CRB Foodstuffs Index||369.98||6.41%||-17.47%||1.06%||1|
|IAG Food and Essentials Inflation Index*||Strong Deflation||1|
|Construction and Manufacturing|
|CRB Raw Industrials||470.17||0.35%||-13.42%||-7.51%||1|
|Total Construction Spending (M)||1,006,060.00||4.09%||4.76%||20.85%||4|
|ISM Manufacturing Index||52.80||2.52%||-5.04%||-9.43%||2|
|IAG Construction & Manufacturing Index*||Mild Deflation||2|
|IAG Precious Metals Inflation Index*||Strong Deflation||1|
|Innovative Advisory Group Index|
|IAG Inflation Index Composite*||Mild/Strong Deflation||1 / 2|
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* Our Inflation Score is based on a proprietary algorithm, which is meant to describe the respective category by a simple number. The scores range from 1-5. One (1) being the most deflationary. Five (5) being the most inflationary. These scores are meant to simplify each item and allow someone to quickly scan each item or section to see the degree of which inflation or deflation is present.
* We have also added our own indexes to each category to make it even easier for readers to receive a summary of information.
Inflation Monitor Summary – Composite Ranking
* The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don’t like statistics, this is the chart for you.
Inflation Monitor – June 2015 – Introduction
It is officially summer and most markets are becoming more quite. This is of course excluding the ongoing crisis in Greece. They must love the attention because they have been dragging out this “crisis” since 2011. Everyone involved in this mess (on both sides) has a reason to kick the can down the road forever, but forever will not last that long. Greece has call for a referendum vote from the people. We will find out what the people want next week.
While the US markets have been quiet, there have been some disturbing signs cropping up in some of the economic indicators that we follow. These are: the velocity of money, PPI, and market cap to GDP. While many of the numbers listed above show deflation, these three are especially concerning. One interesting and potentially inflationary sign is a sharp pickup of the Baltic dry Index.
Enjoy this month’s Inflation Monitor – June 2015.
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Charts of the Month
Inflation Expectations Vs Actual Inflation
We will start the charts off with one from the FRED blog. This one compares actual inflation with the expected inflation by the public. If you have been reading this Inflation Monitor for a while, you know that inflation is less important than inflation expectations. The expectations of the consumer tends to reinforce the current trend.
Dr. Copper is still weak. There is too much global supply of copper for this to get much traction. However, this seems to be true for many commodities.
Financial are still going strong.
US House Prices
This Ratio is based on median household incomes and median home prices.. I have compared Boston to the 3 most expensive cities. The other end of the spectrum was Detroit, MI, Saginaw, MI, and Decatur, IL.
Jobs– Union Membership Trends
As of 1964 this is what percentage of union jobs the country had
As of 2014, this is the number of union jobs the country had.
I can’t say that I’m surprised. The US has become more of a service economy than a manufacturing economy. I’m sure when the TPP trade agreement is passed, more union jobs will disappear as well. Of course, that is just speculation. I couldn’t possibly know what is in the bill… that would be illegal. However, if it is anything like NAFTA, this trade agreement will also be a problem for unions.
PPI vs CPI
Not a good sign when the PPI turns down. At least it took a breather this past month. We will find out soon if that trend is going to continue.
Consumer Price Ratio (CPI)
Are you worried about the Grexit, the Brexit, Frexit, or some other catchy name? Apparently, most people are less worried than you might think. Maybe the public is finally realizing what the politicians already know… This is all political theater. The can will be kicked again.
Apparently, no one is worried about China. Am I the only one? The problems seem very obvious to me.
Gas Prices in Massachusetts
Massachusetts gas prices look like they are falling if you compare colors from this month and last, but it is hard to tell when the price scale changes. The top of the scale stayed the same and the bottom rose $0.08. Gas prices should be continuing to drop, but they are not. Regardless, in the past month gas prices have continued to rise.
Gas Prices in the US
California is still out of touch with the rest of the country. I guess that may always be true. The price scale for the US map has changed from last month as well, so don’t compare the colors.
Food Stamps (SNAP) in 5 states including Massachusetts
This trend also holds true for most of the other states as well. I cannot say that I am surprised. I suppose when these numbers start to decline, it might be a good sign the economy is on a solid footing.
Currency Relative Valuations to Gold
Gold prices are they strong or weak?
Gold Priced in Euros
Gold Priced in Yen
Gold Priced in Canadian Dollars
Gold Priced in Australian Dollars
Baltic Dry Index
The Baltic Dry Index has picked up in the past month, but it still has a long way to go. Could this be a sign of life?
Still no signs of slowing…
I hope you enjoyed this month’s Inflation Monitor. See you next month.
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- Federal Reserve – St. Louis
- U.S. Energy Information Administration
- U.S. Post Office
- National Association of Realtors
- The Economist
- The Commodity Research Bureau
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** IAG Price Composite indexes are based on publicly available information.
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