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Consumer Price Index vs Everyday Living Expenses

Consumer Price Index vs Everyday Living Expenses

December 14, 2020

In my opinion, our daily living challenges are food, shelter and medical care costs which account for 65.70% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which are quickly escalating.  Just food alone has seen about a 27% jump.  See below charts.


The CPI is a government measure (which is adjusted from time to time) that examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services, such as transportation, food, and medical care. It is calculated by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them.  The CPI can have a significant impact on the value of a currency in relation to the currencies of other nations. See US Dollar Review.

 Inflation: An X-Ray View of the Components

 Rogers International Commodity Index – Agriculture Total Return - Monthly Look over last 10 years. 

Rogers International Commodity Index – Agriculture Total Return - Monthly Look over last 10 months. 

Rogers International Commodity Index – Commodity Allocation

Corn 13.61%, Cotton 12.03%, Soybeans 10.03%, Wheat Soft Red 7.88%, Coffee 5.73%, Live Cattle 5.73%, Soybean Oil 5.73%, Milling Wheat 5.73%, Wheat Hard Red Spring 2.87%, Sugar 2.87%, White Sugar 2.87%, Cocoa 2.87%, Lean Hogs 2.87%, Lumber 2.87%, Rapeseed 2.87%, Rubber 2.87%, Wheat Hard Red 2.87%, Rice 2.15%, Soybean Meal 2.15%, Orange Juice 1.72%, Oats 1.43%, Milk Class III 0.29% = 100.00%

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