The good news is that inflation has clearly peaked. And since rents are falling faster than seasonally normal – due to the pandemic related changes in household formation – it makes sense for the short term to use core CPI ex-shelter.
NOTE: There was a surge in household formation during the pandemic, pushing up rents sharply, and now household formation has slowed sharply just as more supply will be coming on the market.
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This graph shows the year-over-year change in Core CPI ex-Shelter (blue), and the one month change annualized (red). The year-over-year change was at 3.9% in January, down from 4.5% in December.
Core CPI ex-Shelter has increased at a 1.3% annual rate over the last four months.