Inflation Can Be a Scary Word

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 10:30 AM on May 29, 2021

There are compelling reasons to adopt a wait-and-see approach.

Inflation can be a scary word for people who are retired. It’s code for “prices are going up, but my income may stay the same.”

The most recent reading on consumer prices put inflation back into the conversation. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.8% in April 2021 and jumped by a greater-than-expected 4.2% year-over-year.1

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Should I be Worried About Inflation?

Posted by Creekmur Staff on 9:00 AM on May 25, 2021
How much inflation can we handle before we're in trouble? Let's discuss. . . 

First, let’s get on the same page about some basics. If you’ve noticed the price of a thing increasing over time (say, your favorite candy bar or the cost of college tuition), that’s inflation in action. Economists use the broad increase (or decrease) in prices of goods and services across the country as a measure of economic health. When inflation is stable and predictable, it’s a sign of a basically healthy, growing economy.

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