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My original website was launched in February 2005 using a domain name based on my real name, Doug Short. I'm a first wave boomer with a Ph.D. in English from Duke and a lifelong interest in economics and finance. In 2011 my website was acquired by Advisor Perspectives.

Doug Short Advisor Perspectives

October Inflation: The Components

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Here is a table showing the annualized change in Headline and Core CPI, not seasonally adjusted, for each of the past six months. Also included are the eight components of Headline CPI and a separate entry for Energy, which is a collection of sub-indexes in Housing and Transportation. We can make some inferences about how inflation is impacting our personal expenses depending on our relative exposure to the individual components.

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Consumer Price Index: October Core Mostly Unchanged at 4.56%

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the October Consumer Price Index data this morning. The year-over-year non-seasonally adjusted Headline CPI came in at 6.22%, up from 5.39% the previous month. Year-over-year Core CPI (ex Food and Energy) came in at 4.56%, up from 4.03% the previous month and is above the Fed's 2% PCE target.

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Weekly Gasoline Prices: WTIC Up 72% YTD

[unable to retrieve full-text content] As of November 9, the price of Regular and Premium were up two cents each from the previous week. According to, California has the highest average price for Regular at $4.61 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $3.00. The WTIC end-of-day spot price closed at 81.93, down 2.5% from last week and up 72% from the beginning of the year. 

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October Producer Price Index: Finished Goods Up 12.5% YoY

[unable to retrieve full-text content] This morning's release of the October Producer Price Index (PPI) for Finished Goods was at 1.2% month-over-month seasonally adjusted, down from a 1.5% increase last month. It is at 12.5% year-over-year, up from 11.7% last month, on a non-seasonally adjusted basis. Core Finished Goods (less food and energy) came in at 0.3% MoM, down from the 0.6% previous month and is up 5.6% YoY NSA. The October PPI for Final Demand was at 0.6%...

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