Cost of Living Indexes

Today’s release by the ABS of the Cost of Living Indexes show clearly that, despite the pick-up in inflation seen in the 4th quarter (see our┬ápost here), the bulk of households are actually experiencing cost of living increases still well below 2%. The Cost of Living Indexes are designed to …read more

Surprise jump in Inflation puts focus back on rates

The markets have been surprised this morning by a sharp uptick in the rate of inflation. Headline CPI rose 0.8% in the final quarter of 2013 for an annual increase of 2.7% (up from 2.2% the previous quarter). The more closely followed “core” inflation of trimmed mean and weighted median …read more

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