To judge by government data, there?s essentially no inflation in the U.S. economy. The latest Consumer Price Index actually shows a 0.2 percent drop in prices from April 2014.?
Just try telling that to millions of renters who have seen their monthly rent checks rise 3.5 percent, on average, over the past year. Families shouldering college tuition payments or child care expenses, up 3.7 percent from last year, will also find the notion of an inflation-free economy hard to accept. The official inflation rate?the number Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is watching closely as she decides when to start raising interest rates?may bear little resemblance to the one experienced in everyday life, and the way inflation feels to any individual varies widely, based on demographics.?
A new tool created by researchers at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank lets users estimate their own personal inflation rate. MyCPI builds a customized inflation rate, based on responses to a handful of questions: age, income, education, marital status, homeownership. The result is based on the CPI and government surveys of consumer spending.
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