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CPI Drops 0.3%, Largest Decline Since December 2008

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If yesterday's better than expected initial claims numbers were bad for the market (as they implied the approach of the Fed's QEnd), today's CPI should dissolve some fears of an imminent, and very unrealistic, end to easing. Because as the Fed explained, employment is only one component of the QEnd calculus, inflation is another. And with November CPI dropping 0.3% sequentially (up 1.8% Y/Y), on expectations of a -0.2% M/M, and +1.9 Y/Y, also the biggest sequential decline since 2008, there is not much to worry about on the inflation front... as long as one doesn't count other inflation "expressions" such as modern art, insurance costs, student tuition, or even the S&P and other credit funded items into account. Core CPI also missed the expected rise of 0.2%, growing at 0.1%. Biggest components of the price drop were energy prices, declining (-4.1%) from October, Apparel (-0.6%) and Used cars and trucks (-0.5%) - thank you GM channel stuffing. Alternatively, prices rose for food at home (+0.3%), Electricity (+0.7%) and food away from home (+0.3%). We may need some more QE4EVA+1^? soon if this continues.

 

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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:46 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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Only four more years for the nightmare to end........buck up campers. Our parole draws neigh.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:51 | Link to Comment El
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Do you really think so? Assuming in four years some knight comes riding in on a charger to save us by changing direction, you could be right. I'm not so optimistic, but I sure do like positive people. +1 for attitude. ;)

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:02 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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Well......it's either that or lay down and die.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHyKDrGzn-I

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:03 | Link to Comment economics9698
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Obama will be president for life, Hugo Chavez style, or Hillary will get the blessing of the Yids.

Pray for revolution.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:06 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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A few months ago we 'only had 1 month left', because remember 'it was all pumping for the election', now that it's over we have 4 more years to pump?  

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:08 | Link to Comment GetZeeGold
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If you've got their playbook......it shouldn't be too hard to pull off the win.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:10 | Link to Comment ejmoosa
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In four years, college graduates 32 and under will never have been in a healthy economy.  This IS the new norm.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:29 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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sorry zee, this depression will only get worse and it will NEVER end

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:07 | Link to Comment economics9698
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When China undercuts the dollar and the fiat dies so does the ZOG.

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:47 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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electricity up 12% here...delawho, bidens home state

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:50 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Yes, take a look at water and sewage as well.

The underlying debt and energy problems continue to be ignored.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Longing for the...
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Property and sales taxes shooting up rapidly while unaccounted for in the official CPI. Health insurance going wild to the upside too.

Oh, and don't forget the fast rising state income tax rates and the coming jump in cap-gains and dividend confiscations.

Lies, lies, lies from the BLS.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 12:29 | Link to Comment akak
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FUCK THE CPI!

Tyler, why are you even posting this bullshit?  We get enough official propaganda from the corporate-controlled media already.  Please do not even post such crap in the future, and give ANY credence to these wildly, insultingly and laughingly manipulated and lowball figures from the Bureau of Lying Statistics.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:48 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Right, if you leave out food, fuel, and healthcare.  Guess what schumcks, when the comsumer is tapped out on these essential items there isn't anything left fo icrap.  No surprise "prices" are coming down.  In a word, "bidless".

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:49 | Link to Comment goldfish1
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Infinity and beyond, bitchez.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:55 | Link to Comment ShorTed
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Laws,

I have it on good authority ('cause President Obama said so) that healthcare costs won't go up if we got onboard with ObamaCare.  So forgive me for disagreeing with you, ya know, becasue the President wouldn't lie to us.  

/sarc

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:17 | Link to Comment pinqy
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They are all included. Do you not know how to read a report, or even the article you're replying to????

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:46 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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My healthcare is up 15%, food and fuel are both running around 8%, electric bill at home up 6%, must simply be my "lying eyes".  The report is very much weighted towards consumer purchases in terms of the sampling.  Statistics are great for "showing" whatever you want to.  Go look at the MIT prices project for a better read on real prices.  Go look at corn and various grains being sold on the open market.  Go ahead put up a chart of those prices paid over the last year.  They sure as hell are not flat.  Moreover, insurance and local taxes are not reflected.  Please, pull your head out of your ass.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:45 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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Lots of US doelarr and deflation bulls that populate fianace boards love to point to the CPI data and never factor in real world prices in their bullshit ecocomic theories.

I used to bust Mish's balls on this topic every month. He only questioned the stats that didnt fit his model. 

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:33 | Link to Comment DUNTHAT
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I think inflation is understated by the difference between "real GDP growth=2.7 %" and the true growth number ( both PMI and Chi Fed Index flat at ZERO, meaning of course, real inflation is at 2% PLUS 2.7 % or around 4.7 % .

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:49 | Link to Comment FreeMktFisherMN
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Inflation is rampant and will show up in prices even more than it has been. 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:54 | Link to Comment magpie
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The inflation will show up as massive tax hikes in the future

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:58 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Riiiiiigggggghhhhhttt.  Look to Greece for the precisely how this is dealt with.  Just spoke with my accountant yesterday on how to arrange the books so it appears we are just making ends meet.  Unfortunately, it was easier than I thought.  In fact we may be in the red next year (depending on what diesel does).  Guess I'll have to fire the accoutant.   The point being; go long black markets, because suddenly everybody will be "poor".

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:07 | Link to Comment magpie
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I know you are being sarcastic LoP, but that was one of the ways how beginning hyperinflation was also dealt with temporarily in the past - perhaps in this case however the "austerity" primarily serves other purposes and this effect is i honestly believe an unintended consequence for the central planners.

Funny that today i had the idea to even write a book on the "black market", the hero of the next decade...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:10 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Sarcastic?  Sort of.  If you really don't think folks make serious efforts to hide their wealth or net worth, you really haven't been paying attention and probably pay way more taxes then you have to.  So long as I will be rewarded for investing in my own employees and business I won't complain too much, but take that away or make it impossible to deal with the increasing input costs (margins fucking matter) and it's game over.  People need to eat, I'd be happy to go off grid and start a sharecropping operation.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:16 | Link to Comment magpie
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It isn't really that hard, like in Greece pay your taxes or we shut down your utilities, and if you are off the grid, we start levying more tolls.

That sort of thing, the market starts fragmenting by itself nonwithstanding the rhetoric of globalization and free trade.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:29 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Riiiiiiggggghhhht, because thing sort of approach has worked out so well for Greece.  LMFAO!!!!  I'd say Americans are potentially a bit better armed as well.  We have some solar and wind capabilities, many cisterns and wells.  Go ahead, please try and come onto the property attempt to shut anything down.  I know the commissioners and sheriffs very well.  They all like to eat, and really don't care too much for the Feds.  You are dead on as far as the fragmentation goes.  All economies are really local at the end of the day.  Everyone needs to look around and assess their neighbors and the available resources.  Nice work magpie, get your tribe in order.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:53 | Link to Comment slackrabbit
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What’s the bet xmas figures will also suck....until after revision, where we leave out retail, toys, socks and iPads...then its a success!

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 09:53 | Link to Comment Glass Seagull
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Must be all the expensive beef, grain, healthcare, education, and improving housing prices helping with this "drop."

What a joke.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:06 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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SHORT REITS 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:00 | Link to Comment disabledvet
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Still trying to make sense of falling energy prices as on the hand great for the economy on the other the end of the economy as we know it.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:40 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Don't think about energy in terms of the price at the delivery point.  Think about how much it will cost (in terms of capital, energy, and resources) to build the next powerplant or tap the next well or extract the next ton of coal in order to grow (required by the current economic ponzi) or even keep things the way they are.  The reason nothing makes sense is due to a major decoupling and shift in capital flows around the world.  My hypothesis is that this is due in large part to many western countries failing to treat capital, talent, and resources with respect (hence it goes elsewhere) and failing to address the underlying structural problems.  Same thing happened to the Soviet Union in the 80's.  America's collapse will follow a similar path.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:02 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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.01%...whoa thats HUGE! Too bad girls are not so easily impressed.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:03 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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I like the deflation napalm power blast

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:03 | Link to Comment tooriskytoinvest
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We Are Witnessing The Death Of Small Business In America

http://investmentwatchblog.com/we-are-witnessing-the-death-of-small-business-in-america/

I think the business onwers gave up so called the hope and change...

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:13 | Link to Comment LawsofPhysics
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Margins matter!!!!!  If you can't adjust in order to deal with rising input costs, you fold or get "creative".  Long black markets.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:04 | Link to Comment ekm
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There is only one component of Fed's decisions and only one:

 

Order from White House.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:07 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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FED global central bank takes its orders from the White House? No, the FED is the real 'prezdent'.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Tuco Benedicto ...
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There is only one component of Fed's decisions and only one:

 

ORDERS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING CARTEL

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:05 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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PUT CALL RATIO at lows 

VIX at lows

(MARKET SIGNAL = TOPPY, toppy)

Volume = Limbo Trading across the world

Market quoting 15% premium vs nav

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:04 | Link to Comment Watching in Bal...
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In Baltimore MD everything is up and even while gas prices have eased they are still very high for many even for those of us lucky enough to have a job.  It is very had to believe any of these reports.  

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:05 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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Sell and short Equities for a beautiful EOY Selloff

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:05 | Link to Comment hugovanderbubble
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Sell and short Equities for a beautiful EOY Selloff

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:06 | Link to Comment ZFiNX
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Just the inflation arrow being drawn in the bow.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:08 | Link to Comment Tuco Benedicto ...
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Yes!  I have complete and total confidence in all establishment statistics!  Ha. Ha!

Tuco

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:16 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Yea in particular when its a 'massive' .3% number....I look at that chart and see nothing but line noise for years while real world prices have at least doubled.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:16 | Link to Comment SilverMoneyBags
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Even Bernnake said on Wednesday that current CPI calculations were a joke.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:21 | Link to Comment phoolish
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Why is my latest insurance bill 10% higher?

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:21 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Well, so far it appears no one is impressed, not even algobots.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment mayhem_korner
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From (roto) Reuters...

 

U.S. consumer prices fell in November for the first time in six months, pointing to muted inflation pressures that should allow the Federal Reserve to stay on its ultra-easy monetary policy path as it nurses the economy back to health.

"Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down...medicine go down...medicine go down..."

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:27 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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Government tinkering has run its course.  Deflation has been with us for many years, but government loves to alter the CPI formula to show inflation.

 

So what's next folks?  Deflation  - very painful.

 

We are taking another shot at a major down turn on the SP500 to below March 2009 lows.

 

http://bullandbearmash.com/chart/sp500-weekly-finishes-marginally/

 

 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:27 | Link to Comment ptoemmes
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I really need to move to the planet/parallel dimension/universe the labor department lives in.  My fiat might go a bit further - and I don't mean car.

Maybe it's Planet O.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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People just need to stop buying crap. 

En masse that may not happen; I'm not hopeful.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:25 | Link to Comment balz
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If people stop buying crap, the whole thing collapses overnight.

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment kill switch
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USD Index DOWN  79.87

CPI DOWN  .3 Interesting...

 

When the dollar losses purchasing power the cost of things go down....I think I have it now...

BLS Brings clarity to your life... 

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 11:09 | Link to Comment dvsteenk
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So smells more and more like deflation (even though the current reported inflation numbers are fake, the real inflation is in 4-5 % range rather for most food items)

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