Right now, many Americans are worried about their financial health due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the country. Adding to these concerns were July's consumer prices— excluding food and energy—which rose at the highest rate in nearly 30 years. However, this jump may not be as scary as it looks on the surface.
We’ll get a better idea about the trend on inflation when the Consumer Price Index for August 2020 is released on Friday, September 11. But here are some factors to keep in mind.1
The 2% rule
Inflation or Disinflation?
Despite recent headlines, many believe more data is needed before this can be called anything other than a data point. However, if you’re concerned about the trend in inflation, it's never a bad idea to contact your financial professional to learn more about inflationary pressures or to chat about the upcoming CPI numbers due to be released in September.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, August 12, 2020