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The Inflation Beat
Q & A
Inflation Forecasting Methodologies
Sources and Methodologies For S&P 500
The aim here is to compare the investment returns of stocks Vs. the compounded rate of inflation.  The S&P 500 index, which makes up the largets 500 domestic publicly traded companies in the US makes for a good metric for comparisn.  Investors can purchase shares of the Exchange Traded Fund that tries to match the performance of the S&P 500 index SPY .

To be as accurate as I can, I assumed no fees or taxes and that dividends would be reinvested in getting the overall performance of the S&P 500.

My source for the S&P 500 return can be found at this website:

I derive the rate of inflation from the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  

The consumer price index, wages and weekly earnings data comes from The St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank's Economic Research website known as FRED .

FRED gets their data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS for inflation, wages and weekly earnings.

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