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UPDATE: Housing Costs Largest Factor in the Latest CPI Rise

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BREAKING: The Producer Price Index for final demand fell 0.1 percent in December. Prices for final demand goods decreased 0.4 percent, while the index for final demand services remained unchanged. Prices for final demand rose 1.0 percent in 2023.


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Ridgewood NJ, once again, housing costs played a significant role in the most recent inflation report, but there are some optimistic indicators in the latest data, according to experts. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December revealed a slight uptick in prices at 0.3% compared to the previous month, an improvement from the 0.2% increase observed in November. On an annual basis, prices experienced a 3.4% rise, up from the 3.1% annual increase reported in the preceding month. Concurrently, the shelter component of the CPI showed a 0.5% increase in December from the previous month, surpassing November’s 0.4% monthly gain. Housing costs emerged as the primary contributor to the monthly index increase for all items excluding food and energy, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noting that they accounted for “over half of the monthly all items increase.”

The Federal Reserve, often referred to as the Fed, has a dual mandate assigned by the U.S. Congress. The dual mandate consists of two primary objectives that guide the Fed’s monetary policy decisions:

Maximum Employment: The Fed aims to promote maximum sustainable employment. This involves striving for conditions in the labor market that support the highest level of employment achievable without causing excessive inflation. The central bank recognizes that full employment does not mean zero unemployment, as some level of unemployment is considered natural due to factors such as job transitions and changes in the economy.

Stable Prices: The Fed seeks to maintain price stability by controlling inflation and preventing deflation. The target inflation rate is not explicitly defined in the mandate, but the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which sets monetary policy, has generally interpreted stable prices as an inflation rate of around 2% over the longer run. This target is considered conducive to a well-functioning economy.

These dual objectives are aimed at promoting long-term economic growth, minimizing fluctuations in economic activity, and fostering a stable financial environment. The Federal Reserve uses various monetary tools, including open market operations, interest rate adjustments, and regulatory measures, to achieve these goals while considering the broader economic context. The dual mandate reflects the recognition that the Fed’s actions can have implications for both employment and price stability in the economy.


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