CPI vs. Core Inflation: What is it and Should You Care?

There’s been a lot of talk about inflation lately. While inflation, at its most basic, is an increase in prices, there are differences in the way that it is measured. You should pay attention to inflation, since it represents an erosion of your buying power.

However, it does help to know how policymakers view inflation. It will give you a better idea of how to plan your finances more effectively. Two measures of inflation that you should pay attention are CPI and core inflation.
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