Its been a brutal year

 General Interest, Retirement Planning  Comments Off on Its been a brutal year
Dec 262018
 

It appears that investors have been much more cautious this year when it comes to adding to their investment accounts. This Wall Street Journal chart indicates a pretty significant decline in additions to US mutual and ETF assets this year.

WSJ 12 26 2018

Consumer Price Index

 Economy, General Interest  Comments Off on Consumer Price Index
Dec 132018
 

Here’s a couple of charts from today’s Wall Street Journal Daily Shot.

The first shows continuing good news for inflation. It look like it remains in a comfortable range for consumers and may moderate the Federal Reserve Bank’s effort to get short term interest rates to ‘neutral’.

On the other hand, this freight cost chart is at least a little disconcerting. Although there will be a lag in the data, but with lower fuel costs, you would think this would show up fairly soon in this chart.

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