How Much Do Oil Prices Affect Inflation?

This Economic Synopses essay puzzles over the effects of oil prices: large monthly or quarterly oil price changes predict very small changes in the CPI, but daily oil prices predict large changes in breakeven inflation.

Master the Art and Science of FRED Data with Video Tutorials

Instructors at New York University’s Stern School of Business (fans of FRED) created these clear and concise video tutorials to teach their own students how to use FRED in their coursework. Each tutorial, from 3 to 9 minutes long, also explains a little bit about the economics behind the data.  

FRED Expands the PPI by 10,638 Series

FRED has just expanded its coverage of the Producer Price Index (PPI) release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This addition of 10,638 series completes the commodity PPI, the industry PPI, and the final demand PPI datasets.

FRED Adds 39 Series on Existing Home Sales

These 39 annual and monthly series from the National Association of Realtors represent existing single-family home sales, mean and median sales prices, housing inventory, and monthly supply of existing single-family homes at the national and Census region levels.  
   
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FRED FEATURE / AT A GLANCE
CPI
-0.1 % Chg. from Yr. Ago on 2015-04
5.4 % on 2015-04
2.13 % on 2015-05-28
-0.7 %, Comp. Annual Rate of Chg. on 2015:Q1
IP
-0.3 % Chg. on 2015-04
+223 Chg., Thous. of Persons on 2015-04



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