The Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS, released their Consumer Price Index Summary for the month of April. The headline figure came in at 4.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, which was above market consensus. This is the highest reading since September of 2008. Speaking of no inflation, used cars and trucks saw an increase of 10 percent in the month of April! With people moving out of the cities and into the suburbs, they are also bidding up the prices of new and used vehicles. Also, with the impact of the pandemic, many people may also be concerned with utilizing public transportation and are thus opting for their own vehicles. This one-month increase of 10 percent is the highest on record since the series began in 1953. Also, notable was the all items less food and energy category rose by 0.9 percent, which was the largest monthly increase since 1982.
On a year-over-year basis, some of the notable increases were the following: food is up 4.2 percent, energy is up 25.1 percent, gasoline is up 49.6 percent, utilities (gas) is up 12.1 percent, new vehicles are up 2.0 percent, and used vehicles are up 21.0 percent. Speaking of vehicles, Q4 2020 average prices for new and used vehicles came in at $40,107 and $27,689, respectively. Down payments also increased, but still puts the average monthly payment at $581! And here you were thinking that all that free money from Uncle Sam was actually free – well, bless your heart. There is no free lunch and this is one of the worst economic policies that has ever been implemented and on a global scale to boot. Now some may say that this is all transitory. Perhaps the degree to which these prices are rising may be transitory, but the overall inflation and its effects, are anything but temporary. This is a structural shift that is going to wreak havoc around the globe for years to come. Pay attention! Stay diversified, stay vigilant, and stay with The Kapital News. #Economy #Inflation #FoodPrices #CarPrices #Debt #Spending #Gold #Silver #Commodities #Oil #Liberty #EndTheFed #bananarepublic #FireCongress #Leadership