Inflation Beyond the Stars Thread for April 12

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2022 Apr 12, 12:49am   95,992 views  940 comments

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Since we know the numbers are going to suck since Peppermint Patty is leading the Amen Corner Media to blame Putin for it:

Frankly, I prefer my spaceship to have big tits and not fake inflated ones.

EDIT - numbers drop:
America goes back to the 80s: Surging gas prices and higher rents push inflation to 41-year high of 8.5% as White House blames it on Putin invading Ukraine
The consumer price index rose 8.5% in March from a year ago, the fastest increase since December 1981
Housing costs, which make up about a third of the index, have escalated and show no signs of cooling
Gasoline prices soared 49% in March from a year ago as the war in Ukraine rocked energy markets
Biden's administration tried to get ahead of the dire inflation news by blaming Russian leader Vladimir Putin
But Republicans place the blame for soaring prices on 'Democrats' reckless spending and failed policies'


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572   AD   2023 Nov 14, 9:18pm  

Misc says

I am still giggling at the Hedge funds that were short long term treasuries on margin going into today.

yeah SPDR Portfolio Long Term Treasury ETF was up 2.1% today and up 3% since this Monday's opening

the same ETF was down 50% last month from its all time high set in late 2020 ... it is now down 46% from its all time high ...

I think the worse is behind us as far as bonds and may be a good time to load up on Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF as inflation has finally been restrained

573   Patrick   2023 Nov 15, 12:19pm  


A central bank policymaker has spoken out to warn that the globalist “Net Zero” agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and United Nations (UN) is behind the soaring inflation rates felt around the globe.

According to Catherine Mann, a prominent member of the Bank of England’s (BOE) Monetary Policy Committee, “climate change” policies are a key driver of soaring inflation.

“Climate change” and countries’ different approaches to combat it are likely to boost inflation, Mann warns.
574   zzyzzx   2023 Nov 15, 12:29pm  

Misc says

If oil prices keep going down, we may get a negative MoM print for the CPI,


Wholesale prices fell 0.5% in October for biggest monthly drop since April 2020
575   AD   2023 Nov 15, 9:55pm  



Luxury watches have dropped 42% since April 2022 high

Rich are spending less on luxury items which means economy is slowing and inflation is subsiding

576   AD   2023 Nov 17, 10:31pm  


Inflation going down and Walmart says there may be deflation for its groceries as Walmart is predicting a major economic downturn

"The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for unemployment benefits jumped by 13,000 to 231,000 last week, the highest in nearly two years, and corporate layoffs are starting to accelerate."


577   UkraineIsTotallyFucked   2023 Nov 18, 5:23am  

ad says


Inflation going down and Walmart says there may be deflation for its groceries as Walmart is predicting a major economic downturn

"The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications for unemployment benefits jumped by 13,000 to 231,000 last week, the highest in nearly two years, and corporate layoffs are starting to accelerate."



That's what the Fed wanted.
578   AD   2023 Nov 18, 9:15am  


advertisement for central Florida homes in the late 1950's

580   Bd6r   2023 Nov 18, 6:28pm  

Eat your iPads
581   AD   2023 Nov 19, 12:18pm  

Billionaire hedge fund manager Ray Dalio warns about the US federal debt. Inflation will result in order to sustain debt payment or service (i.e., inflate out of debt crisis).

All the productivity and innovation gains (even in services) will be negated by inflation so as to result in a +3% annual increase in core inflation especially housing and services.

I remember the mantra in the 1990s and early 2000s about "doing more with less or the same".

Today is not so much that paradigm on total quality management (TQM) as it has been completely overshadowed with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion emphasis.



In September, U.S. national debt—the amount of money borrowed by the federal government to cover operating expenses—topped $33 trillion for the first time, according to figures from the U.S. department of the Treasury, with spending turbo-charged by the Covid crisis and lockdowns that paralised the economy in recent years.

"Ray Dalio laying out the bullish case for bitcoin," bitcoin analyst and founder of Reflexivity Research, Will Clemente, posted to X (Twitter).

In 2022, the U.S. notched a $1.7 trillion deficit, with $659 billion spent on net interest costs in fiscal 2023 to finance the debt.

"The government is going to have to continually and increasingly issue more debt to fund their previous debt payments, similar to an individual taking out a new credit card to pay off old credit card debt," Clemente said. "Monetary debasement is mathematically programmed."
582   AD   2023 Nov 19, 3:05pm  

584   AD   2023 Nov 19, 8:22pm  

The_Deplorable says

See https://www.rt.com/india/587535-india-russia-oil-trade/


"Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has asserted that India, the world's second-largest oil buyer following China, played a pivotal role in stabilizing global oil and gas prices by continuing trade with Russia, thereby mitigating global inflation.

Speaking at an event hosted by the High Commission of India in London earlier this week, he noted the “exceptional steadiness” of India-Russia ties while emphasizing that the East does not view Russia as a “revisionist power,” unlike the West."
585   The_Deplorable   2023 Nov 19, 8:54pm  

ad says

"Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar..." [Big snip of unrelated nonsense]

Why are you changing the subject?

The topic is the price of gasoline in Los Angeles on October 5, 2023 at $8.00 per gallon. Any thoughts about this?
586   AD   2023 Nov 19, 9:35pm  

The_Deplorable says

ad says

"Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar..." [Big snip of unrelated nonsense]

Why are you changing the subject?

The topic is the price of gasoline in Los Angeles on October 5, 2023 at $8.00 per gallon. Any thoughts about this?

I was copying some of the quotes from the web link you provided in your post ( https://www.rt.com/india/587535-india-russia-oil-trade/).

I am not sure why it costs about $8.00 for Los Angeles, Mexifornia.

Gas buddy shows average of $5 per gallon for Los Angeles: https://www.gasbuddy.com/home?search=los+angeles%2C+ca&fuel=1&method=all&maxAge=0

Which I can't fathom since that is nearly twice as much as Panama City, Florida prices.

Its $2.59 in the best place on Earth (Panama City, Florida) : https://www.gasbuddy.com/station/209198

587   AD   2023 Nov 20, 10:01am  


Heard CapWealth Founder Tim Pagliara get interviewed about 15 minutes ago on Bloomberg Radio WBBR.

He said he is bullish on energy as fossil fuel is still going to be needed such as to power a mega factory in Kansas that makes EV and solar power batteries.

He did say the S&P 500 has only returned about 6.5% annually over last 24 years despite it being historically being promoted as returning 10% a year. He said invest in growth stocks like Microsoft and Costco which beat the S&P 500.

For me, I like S&P 500 Growth ETF (ticker: VOOG) in order to offer a better real return (i.e., after inflation return).

He says expect the 10 Year Treasury to steady around 4.25% when inflation settles around 2%. He sees now we are in a period of reduction in inflation (aka: disinflation).

588   zzyzzx   2023 Nov 20, 11:10am  

Patrick says

I'd like to see the updated for 2023 version. I'm calling bullshit on the wage increases as well.
589   B.A.C.A.H.   2023 Nov 20, 6:15pm  

ad says

yeah, and you could have gotten a better deal ... according to Gas Buddy website, its $4.09 at Kwik Serv 2370 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, CA

Thank for the tip, ad. I've used Gas Buddy but didn't notice that one.

I happened to be passing by that place today so I filled up. Today's price at Kwik Serve was $4.039
590   AD   2023 Nov 20, 6:52pm  

591   HeadSet   2023 Nov 21, 7:22am  

ad says

Best price I could find for a Butterball turkey around here is $1.97/pound.
593   AD   2023 Nov 21, 4:00pm  

HeadSet says

ad says

Best price I could find for a Butterball turkey around here is $1.97/pound.

I got the Butterball turkey at $1.28 a pound at the Walmart in Panama City Beach on Front Beach Rd. This seems like same price I paid back in November 2021.

595   zzyzzx   2023 Nov 22, 6:33am  


Almost a third of millionaires in the US now say they're part of the middle class — even the 'regular rich' like doctors, lawyers don't feel well off.
598   UkraineIsTotallyFucked   2023 Nov 24, 6:18pm  

Money Market Funds, Large CDs, Small CDs All Surged: Americans Figured it Out

Banks, forced by competition from money market funds, got the memo.

Money market funds have been paying over 5% since about April 2023, up from near 0% in April 2022, and Americans are liking it. A lot. And that has forced banks to compete for deposits by offering attractive interest rates on CDs. And Americans have flocked to those too.


This is SUPPOSED to be how the banking system is to work: paying savers not the Fed. The Fed discount window is not supposed to be the first resort for bank lending funds but rather the last. But close to ten years of QE bullshit has been otherwise.

599   AD   2023 Nov 24, 11:31pm  

$16 meal at McDonalds ... McDonalds pays about $14 an hour in Bay County, Florida...

I remember making about $4.50 an hour (with no tips) back in 1986 at a restaurant as a busboy and McDonalds Big Mac meal costing about $2.50 ...


This explains how McDonalds is making more revenue: https://nypost.com/2023/10/30/business/mcdonalds-revenue-soars-as-it-hikes-menu-prices-18-big-macs/

Though the stock is about 28% above 2019 price level, and inflation has been about 24% from 2019 to present day ... so McDonalds stock has not had any major real gain since 2019 ..

600   stereotomy   2023 Nov 25, 12:10am  

I remember close to 10 years ago 29 cent/lb turkeys after Thanksgiving. Now its about 80 cents/lb. Let's go Brandon!
602   zzyzzx   2023 Nov 27, 8:58am  


Just How Bad Is the US Cost-of-Living Squeeze? We Did the Math

After years of inflation, US consumers are shouldering a burden unlike anything seen in decades — even as the pace of price increases has slowed.

It now requires $119.27 to buy the same goods and services a family could afford with $100 before the pandemic. Since early 2020, prices have risen about as much as they had in the full 10 years preceding the health emergency.

It’s hard to find an area of a household budget that’s been spared: Groceries are up 25% since January 2020. Same with electricity. Used-car prices have climbed 35%, auto insurance 33% and rents roughly 20%.

Many Americans have seen their pay rise rapidly since 2020, but much of those gains have been gobbled up by inflation. Some of the fastest wage increases in decades have left the average American largely no better off than before.

In the four years before the pandemic, grocery prices increased less than 1%, offering shoppers a certain predictability.

Even then, consumers occasionally saw price spikes for specific items due to drought, disease or natural disaster. But the nearly ubiquitous increases of the last few years — and the brisk pace — have been bewildering.

A pound of ground beef now costs $5.23 on average, up from $3.89 in January 2020. Coffee is up some $2 a pound. Prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are nearly 14% higher. At one point, the price of a carton of eggs was triple its pre-pandemic price.

For most Americans, the cost of housing is by far the largest expense in any given month. As a result, the run-up in rental prices — which looks even more acute when using data from private companies like Zillow Group Inc. — has made it harder for many to save or have enough left over for other spending.

It’s also a difficult moment for renters to make the leap to homeownership. Mortgage rates are around a 23-year high, and home values have jumped nearly 42% since the start of 2020

Those who owned homes before the recent run-up in mortgage rates and prices have been shielded from one of the most dramatic impacts of inflation, and the appreciation in home values has markedly boosted their wealth.

It’s “like winning the lottery in hindsight,” said Skylar Olsen, chief economist at Zillow.

But it’s not all roses for homeowners. The rapid climb in home equity has pushed up property taxes, and the surge in mortgage rates has prevented many of them from moving.

Americans haven’t gotten any respite from their other bills either. Electricity bills have climbed 25% since January 2020, and natural gas is up 29% in the same time period. And like inflation more generally, jumps in electricity prices have been uneven across states and regions.

Car insurance is up 33%, and the combination of higher car prices and a surge in borrowing costs has pushed the average monthly payment for a new car to a record high of $736. According to Edmunds, a record 17.5% of consumers financing a new vehicle are now paying $1,000 or more a month.

More details in the article along with graphs 📈 (paywall though)
603   B.A.C.A.H.   2023 Nov 27, 9:04am  

zzyzzx says

The rapid climb in home equity has pushed up property taxes

Only for recent buyers in California.
604   AD   2023 Nov 27, 11:03am  

Forecasters marked up their projections for the annual so-called core personal consumption expenditures index largely through the end of next year, per the results of the November survey. The measure, which excludes the volatile food and energy categories, is seen at 2.5% at the end of 2024, up from 2.4% in last month’s poll.

Meantime, the overall PCE metric and the alternative consumer price index are seen receding faster than previously thought through mid-2024. Those measures have shown greater disinflation in recent months largely due to a pullback in energy prices.

While recent reports have showed encouraging signs that price pressures are easing, Fed officials have repeatedly indicated they must see sustained signs of cooling before declaring victory on inflation. Policymakers favor the core gauge as a better indicator of underlying price pressures.

Though economists still expect the Fed to start loosening monetary policy in the second quarter of next year, they now see the central bank keeping interest rates higher through the end of 2025.


606   RWSGFY   2023 Nov 28, 3:40pm  

Good summary on COL increase since 2020: https://archive.ph/2kcgQ
607   AD   2023 Nov 28, 4:04pm  

I like getting a free McDonakds sandwich when I complete a mcdvoice survey. The McDonalds I go to always seems to have this survey option on the receipt.

So I get a fish sandwich for free along with a $9 small meal of a chicken crispy sandwich with fries and soda.

Its enough calories for a meal at $9 compared to the average starting wage for fast food of $15 in Bay County, Florida.

608   AD   2023 Nov 28, 7:43pm  

Dollar has weakened : https://news.yahoo.com/dollar-weakens-further-rate-cut-030003386.html

The dollar extended losses Wednesday as traders ramped up bets on the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates in the new year after officials sounded optimistic notes on the battle against inflation.

The PCE for October 2024 is to be reported on 30 November.
609   AD   2023 Nov 28, 11:11pm  

Red Lobsters loses $11 million on all you can eat shrimp deal...

I'm 0% surprised by this judging by what I see at restaurants when they offer all you can eat deals like this ...

it contributes to less inflation as far as restaurant prices but its not economically sustainable given obesity trends in the USA ...

so yes, there is a lot more high demand for restaurant deals like this compared to 25 to 30 years ago ...


611   AD   2023 Nov 30, 6:37pm  


PCE reported today for October 2023. The Federal Reserve states is makes its decision on the Fed Funds Rate based on the PCE.

PCE is 3% for last 12 months

Inflation continues to trend downward. I think annual inflation will reach 2.5% by April 2024.


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