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CPI Shelter Measures: 6-12 Month Lag




Final month, I discussed that CPI inflation measures have been primarily based on lagging BLS measures of Homeowners’ Equal Hire (OER).

BLS highlighted housing costs, headlining the CPI report as “CPI for all gadgets rose 0.3% in January; shelter up

Because the chart above exhibits, Shelter was 2/3rds of the rise in the latest. (Chart because of Michael McDonough).

Everyone knows OER lags real-world costs — I used to spitball this at 3-6 months. However this week’s podcast visitor, former NY Fed President Invoice Dudley, tells me the lag is nearer to 6-12 months. So BLS makes use of a measure of shelter for its inflation calculation that may truly lag behind precise costs by as a lot as a 12 months.

That places this week’s huge sell-off into correct perspective. It was a response to information that was both outdated or very outdated. It could not shock me to see that as folks determine this out, we claw again that sell-off over the following few days or even weeks.

The ever-present query: How a lot does the FOMC acknowledge how behind the curve this information is?



CPI Improve is Primarily based on Dangerous Shelter Information (January 11, 2024)

How Everyone Miscalculated Housing Demand (July 29, 2021)


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