June- First Annual Inflation for 2015

BPP vs BLS Inflation rates

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) and Inflation report for the year ending in June on July 17th. This resulted in 0.12% Annual Inflation. The BLS rounded this to .1% which of course is so small that almost any one of the deflationary months last year would cancel out all the inflation we've seen over the previous 12 months. The CPI-U index  a year ago was 238.343 and is currently an almost identical 238.638. January through May 2015 saw … [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

US Misery Index

Updated July 17, 2015 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 … [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 HealthCare.gov 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...]