Deflation Days are Here Again

Falling Inflation = Deflation

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) data today for the month of January.  The verdict was that inflation had fallen rapidly from 0.76% in December to a slightly deflationary -0.09% for the 12 months ending in January. This is the first time since 2009 that we have seen Annual deflation although there were several times during 2014 that we saw monthly deflation. Monthly deflation (annual disinflation) means that prices are slightly lower than … [Read More...]

Inflation Adjusted Natural Gas Prices


Your Ability to Choose Should Increase Competition In years past consumers didn't have a lot of choice when it came to their natural gas supplier, they were tied to the local gas utility, so if they wanted to charge a 541% markup you were pretty … [Read More...]

Inflation Adjusted Electricity Prices

Inflation Adjusted Electricity Prices

Electricity Price Inflation Residential electricity prices in the U.S. have risen from an average of 7.83 cents per kilowatthour in 1990 to an average of 11.44 cents per kwh in 2010. This is a 46% increase in 20 years and sounds like a lot but as … [Read More...]

Misery Index

U.S. Misery Index

What is the Misery Index? The misery index is an economic indicator designed to help determine how the average citizen is doing economically and it is calculated by simply adding the inflation rate to the unemployment rate. Since both high … [Read More...]

ObamaCare Tax Credit Calculator

ObamaCare TAx Credit Calculator

Whether you believe that ObamaCare was a mistake or a great boon to the uninsured it is now the "Law of the Land". If you visit the Affordable Health Care (aka. ObamaCare) website you will find the opportunity to check out health … [Read More...]

Inflation Adjusted Housing Prices


For many years people believed that "housing prices always go up" and that "you can't go wrong buying a house". And even that houses are good investments. But are houses really good investments? What makes people believe that a commodity that you … [Read More...]

Inflation Adjusted Bond Prices

Inflation Indexed Bonds

Inflation Indexed Bonds Performance- U.S. Treasury Inflation indexed bonds are supposed to protect you from the ravages of inflation while providing a safe and decent rate of return on your money. Obviously, since safety is generally inversely … [Read More...]

Historical Gas Comparison Chart

Gas Prices North & South Carolina

The chart below shows the Nationwide average price of gasoline over the last year (12 months) compared to the gas price in Dallas and the price in Los Angeles. You can change the time period to see anywhere from 1 month to 6 years. Simply select the … [Read More...]

Cost of Gas- Current Gas Prices Nationwide

Cost of Gas in US by country

The following chart is updated throughout the day and shows the current average gas price by county based on prices reported by individuals around the country. You can zoom in and drag the map around to get a better look at your local gas prices. … [Read More...]