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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday: Richmond Fed Mfg Survey

by Calculated Risk on 10/22/2012 07:47:00 PM

There will be plenty of economic data released later this week! There is some sort of political debate tonight at 9 PM ET. The good news is the election will be over on November 6th. The bad news, as Atrios mentioned earlier, is the 2016 election cycle starts on Nov 7th.

Here is something I like to check occasionally as a different measure for inflation in addition to to CPI from the BLS.

This is the US only index of the MIT Billion Prices Project.

This index uses prices for online goods. From MIT:

These indexes are designed to provide real-time information on major inflation trends, not to forecast official inflation announcements. We are constantly adding new categories of goods, but we do not cover 100% of CPI goods and services. The price of services, in particular, are not easy to find online and therefore are not included in our statistics.
Billion Price Project Click on graph for larger image.

It appears that year-over-year inflation, according to this measure, is under 2.0%. This is another measure that suggests inflation is not currently a problem.

On Tuesday:
• At 10:00 AM ET, the Richmond Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity for October will be released. The consensus is for an increase to 6 for this survey from 4 in September (above zero is expansion).