Posts filed under “Inflation”

Rents On The Rise

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The Wall Street Journal – Rents Increase as Vacancies Dry Up
Landlords boosted apartment rents to record levels in the second quarter as demand from tenants sitting out the home-buying market pushed vacancy rates to their lowest point in more than a decade, according to a report to be released Thursday. Despite the sluggish economy, average rents increased in all 82 markets tracked by Reis Inc., a real estate data firm. Average rents are now at record levels in 74 of those markets and now top $1,000 a month on average in 27 of them, including Miami, Seattle, San Diego, Chicago and Baltimore…”The market is in a very tight position,” Reis said in a research report. “There is a paucity of available units.” The nation’s vacancy rate fell during the quarter to 4.7%, its lowest level since the end of 2001, Reis said. That’s down from 4.9% in the first quarter of this year and from 8% in 2009, when millions of would-be renters were doubling up or living with family.

Source: Bianco Research

Category: Inflation, Real Estate, Think Tank

Inflation Ex-Deflation (this time, INCLUDING energy)

Here is a twist: We used to discuss how the Fed loved their core (ex food & energy) inflation measures. I termed that Inflation Ex-Inflation, and if you look around TBP, you will see lots of mentions of that measure.

Take a closer look at Energy, one of the biggest non-housing components. As noted this morning, Commodities have entered a Bear Market. Gas & Oil are not contributing much inflationary pressures. If anything, Energy costs now are acting as a drag on Inflation.

Call it Inflation Ex-Deflation (Do you want to guess what that means for the Fed’s love of the Core Inflation (ex food & energy)?

Consider the Federal Reserve inflation target of 2.0%. Jim Bianco notes that inflation is moderate at 1.73%. However, if you take a closer look at the chart below of core CPI — you will see a 2.3% on a year-over-year basis (blue line) and a heady 2.71% on a three-month annualized basis (red line).

Sum it up and it means inflation less energy is largely running above the Federal Reserve’s target.

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Energy Now A Drag On Inflation

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Category: Energy, Inflation

Emerging Markets, Not Inflation Drives Gold

Click to enlarge:     Kudos to Bloomberg’s Dave Wilson for spotting this study last week by Duke University Professor Campbell R. Harvey and his collaborator, Claude B. Erb. They discovered that “Gold’s prospects are less dependent on inflation than on demand from emerging markets.” As the chart above shows, “The relationship between gold and…Read More

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, Inflation

The Not So Golden Years, Revisited

Over the years, debate has waxed and waned over the effects of the minimum wage and/or immigration policy on employment, particularly teen/youth employment. When the issue flared up most recently, a couple of years ago, I posted a rebuttal to that argument here, my point being that it was – at least this time around…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Cycles, Data Analysis, Economy, Employment, Inflation, Really, really bad calls

Will Soaring Rents Lead To Higher Core Inflation?

Chicago Real Estate Daily – Rents rise again in sizzling downtown apartment market Downtown apartment rents hit another high in the first quarter, and more hikes may be in the offing amid a red-hot rental market. The average effective rent at top-tier, or Class A, downtown apartment buildings rose to $2.50 a square foot in…Read More

Category: Inflation, Real Estate, Think Tank

MIA: Bond Vigilantes

Following up on a previous matter, Karl Denninger  posted what is supposed to pass for a rebuttal to my recent post on government spending. To my eyes, as Jay Bookman so aptly put it, it looks like “the octopus trick, squirting black ink to cloud your retreat.” True enough. Anyway, done with that discussion. Paul…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Data Analysis, Economy, Inflation, Markets, Really, really bad calls

Wow! Bundesbank “accepts” higher inflation

Australia’s unemployment rate declined to a one year low of 4.9% in April, from 5.2% in March and as opposed to a rise to 5.3% forecast. However, the data reveals that the decline was caused by an increase in part time employment (+26k), with full time unemployment down (-10.5k). The A$ rose on the news….Read More

Category: Inflation, Think Tank

Great Britain as a case study: which sticky price?

Steve Waldman was a software developer who became fascinated by finance and started writing about it. He is now a doctoral student in finance at the University of Kentucky. He blogs at Interfluidity. ~~~ Richard Williamson offers a report from the UK. Combining bits via Tyler Cowen and Williamson’s own excellent blog: I think there…Read More

Category: Inflation, Think Tank

Questioning The Measurement Of Inflation

Click to enlarge: Bloomberg.com – CPI Conspiracy Theories Persist Even With Broad Checks Maggie Humphrey, a price collector for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, visits the same grocery store every month in the Chicago suburbs to punch the cost of a pound of bananas into her Lenovo tablet computer. “That price has not fluctuated since…Read More

Category: Inflation, Think Tank

Hours of Work Needed to Purchase: CRB, SPY, Gold, Oil

From Ron Griess and the always fascinating Chart Store, we see a very different read of inflation.

He shares this awesome selection from his weekly blog (subscription only) of commodities,  crude oil, copper, gold, silver, corn, coffee, cotton, and the S&P500 — all priced in terms of hourly earnings:
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Category: Commodities, Gold & Precious Metals, Inflation