Measuring inflation can be complicated and bizarre. Here are 3 examples

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The consumer price index is a key measure of inflation. The CPI measures how quickly prices change in specific categories of consumer goods and services. Categories like housing, health insurance, and technology have idiosyncrasies that make inflation difficult to measure. Their inflation data may not reflect reality for consumers. Richard Newstead | Moment | Getty … Read more

Social Security, Medicare, Federal Salaries: What payments can be delayed if the debt ceiling stalls

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The US reached its debt ceiling, or debt limit, in January. The nation could run out of money to pay all of its bills as soon as June 1, the so-called “X-date.” The government would not be able to pay everyone on time. It would likely prioritize payments to investors holding US Treasuries, to avoid … Read more