Producer Price Index

The Producer Price Index (PPI) looks at the average change in selling prices from the viewpoint of domestic producers of both goods and services. Three areas of production are observed: industry-based, commodity-based, and commodity-based final demand-intermediate demand. Investors look to the producer price index, which is a more relevant way of gauging inflation than the CPI because of the large …

Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows us inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods and services purchased by consumers.  The index starts with a base time period (1982-1984, currently) and shows the overall increase since that time. As with many economic indicators, it can be volatile from month to month, …

Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods and services purchased by consumers.  The index starts with a base time period (1982-1984, currently) and shows the overall increase since that time. As with many economic indicators, it can be volatile from month …

Federal Open Market Committee

Last Wednesday, the minutes of the last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) were released, and for the first time in over a year, the Federal Reserve appears to be somewhat open to considering a policy change. Back in March of 2020, when the Covid-induced panic was at its peak, the FOMC slashed interest rate to essentially zero, setting a Fed …

Survey of Consumer Expectations

The Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) is a monthly survey conducted by the New York Fed that focuses on Americans’ economic expectations and experiences. The survey covers American consumers’ views of how they believe inflation, spending, credit access, and the housing and labor markets will evolve over time—insight that plays an important role in informing policy decisions. The survey follows …

Capital Utilization

Total capacity utilization measures the percentage of total economic output that is being utilized. It is compiled from physical data from trade and government sources, as well as from survey data from the census when physical data is not available. A high rate of total capacity utilization is an indicator of inflation as an economy nears its maximum level of output. Low capacity utilization makes …

Total Capacity Utilization

Total capacity utilization measures the percentage of total economic output that is being utilized. A high rate of total capacity utilization is an indicator of inflation as an economy nears its maximum level of output. Low capacity utilization makes it difficult to stimulate the economy because incentives for increasing production that the government provides are often unable to reach many producers, this is because of the limited number …