by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:
Economists blew the CPI forecast badly underestimating inflation this month. Let’s investigate why, including my advance warning on the key component.
Bloomberg Economist Expectations
- CPI M/M: 0.7% Expected vs 1.0% Reported
- CPY Y/Y: 8.2% Expected vs New 40-Year High 8.6% Reported
- CPI Excluding Food and Energy M/M: 0.5% Expected vs 0.6% Reported
- CPI Excluding Food and Energy M/M: 5.9% Expected vs 6.0% Reported
It was a clean miss economists undershooting inflation in every estimate.
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The shelter index is a whopping 32.44 percent of the CPI. So despite the fact that it is only up 5.5% year-over-year, the jump contributed an outsized percent to overall year-over-year inflation.
I have been warning about this for a couple of months.
How Far Behind the Curve is the BLS and Fed on Rent Inflation?
On June 2, I asked How Far Behind the Curve is the BLS and Fed on Rent Inflation?
Those red and blue dashed lines were my projections on June 2. Owner’s Equivalent Rent (OER) and Rent of Primary Residence are severely lagging National Rent Prices.
OER is the mythical price one would pay to rent one’s own house from oneself, unfurnished, without utilities.
I commented “There will be upward pressure on rent in the CPI for the next three to six months.”
CPI Percentage Weights
Percentage Weights May 2022
- OER: 23.78%
- Rent of Primary Residence: 7.28%
- Energy: 8.26%
- Food at Home: 8.30%
- Food Away from Home: 5.12
The numbers change slightly every month. Also, the shelter index is a bit higher than Rent plus OER.
CPI Month-Over-Month OER and Rent
OER and Rent both jumped 0.6 percent month-over-month. Those are big jumps given their weight in the CPI.