There are various ways to calculate inflation. As Richard has pointed out, constant adjustments to inflation calculations, as well as changes in which inflation metric is used, have caused confusion as to just how much inflation exists in our economy. Down the road we'll put together a recap of how the basic Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) numbers have evolved over time, but this week let's look to the markets to see what they have to say.
So how do we extrapolate what global investors expect to see in terms of inflation?
To get started we need to understand TIPS -- Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities. Today's article will go over the basics of what TIPS are and how they operate. Then on Friday, we'll take this discussion one step further to determine market expectations for inflation. Depending on your own personal inflation expectations, you may want to consider TIPS as ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.
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