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CPI and CPIF - Two Measures to Track Inflation in Sweden

CPI (Consumer Price Index) and CPIF (Consumer Price Index with fixed interest) are two indexes used by Statistics Sweden (SCB) to measure inflation. CPI is the more well-known index and reflects price changes in a wide basket of goods and services. The Riksbank, however, uses CPIF for its official inflation target because it provides a more consistent view of inflation by excluding direct impacts from changes in interest rates on household mortgages. Despite this difference, CPIF includes the same goods and services as CPI in its calculation.

What is Inflation?

Inflation means that the prices of things like food, clothing, and services increase over time, which decreases the value of money and you can buy less with the same amount of money. To measure how much prices are rising, the consumer price index (CPI) is often used, which tracks price changes for a variety of common goods and services. There is also CPIF, which is similar to CPI but does not include how interest rates change, providing a clearer picture of other prices without the influence of interest rates.

Inflation measures price increases on goods and services, such as food and clothing, over time using the Consumer Price Index (CPI). CPI compares today's prices on a standard basket of common products and services with previous prices to show how your purchasing power changes.

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Impact on Daily Life

Inflation immediately impacts people's daily lives by reducing purchasing power. When prices rise, money does not go as far, which can lead to a lower standard of living. Inflation also affects interest rates, savings, and investments, as higher inflation often leads to higher interest rates to counter price increases.

Inflation vs. Deflation

Unlike inflation, deflation involves a decrease in the price levels of goods and services. Deflation might seem advantageous at first glance, but it can lead to reduced consumption as people and businesses delay purchases in anticipation of even lower prices, which can slow economic growth.

Challenges and Strategies

Managing inflation is a crucial task for the Swedish Riksbank, which uses monetary policy tools, such as the policy rate, to influence the rate of inflation. The goal is to keep inflation at a stable level, typically around 2 percent per year, to promote economic stability and growth.

In times of high inflation, this may require increased interest rates to reduce the amount of money in circulation and dampen price increases. Conversely, during periods of low inflation or deflation, lowered interest rates can stimulate economic activity by making it cheaper to borrow money.

In summary, inflation and its measurement through CPI are critical aspects of Sweden's economic health. By understanding and monitoring these factors, policymakers and citizens can better navigate the economic environment and take steps to secure a stable and prosperous future.

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Richard Andersson - Fri, 12 Jul 2024 - 09:53

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New Inflation Report: KPIF Falls to 1.3% - What Does It Mean for Households?

The latest inflation report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows that the CPIF (Consumer Price Index with a fixed interest rate) has dropped to 1.3% in June 2024, which is a significant decrease from 2.3% in May. This is the first time in over two years that the CPIF is below the Riksbank's inflation target of 2%.

Inflation Development Over the Last 24 Months

Over the past year, we have seen a dramatic decline in inflation. In July 2023, the CPIF was as high as 6.4%, and now, a year later, it has fallen to 1.3%. Here is an overview of the CPIF's development:

  • 2024-06-01: 1.3%
  • 2024-05-01: 2.3%
  • 2024-04-01: 2.3%
  • 2024-03-01: 2.2%
  • 2024-02-01: 2.5%
  • 2024-01-01: 3.3%
  • 2023-12-01: 2.3%
  • 2023-11-01: 3.6%
  • 2023-10-01: 4.2%
  • 2023-09-01: 4%
  • 2023-08-01: 4.7%
  • 2023-07-01: 6.4%

CPI and Its Impact

The regular CPI inflation has also decreased, from 3.7% in May to 2.6% in June. CPI and CPIF are closely related, but CPI includes the effects of interest rate changes, making it more volatile.

Interest Rates and Mortgages

With the recent decline in CPIF, it is likely that the Riksbank may consider lowering the repo rate, which currently stands at 3.75%. If inflation continues to remain below the target, we can expect a rate cut as early as August.

Mortgage Calculation

Here is an estimate of what a mortgage could cost with the current repo rate and an assumed bank markup of 1%:

  • Mortgage of 1 million: 4.75% interest rate, monthly cost approximately 3,958 SEK
  • Mortgage of 3 million: 4.75% interest rate, monthly cost approximately 11,875 SEK
  • Mortgage of 5 million: 4.75% interest rate, monthly cost approximately 19,792 SEK

Personal Loans

Personal loans are also affected by the repo rate. With continued low inflation, we may see a reduction in interest rates on personal loans, providing households with more financial flexibility.

Expectations for Food, Fuel, and Energy Prices

With lower inflation, we can expect prices of food, fuel, and energy to stabilize or even slightly decrease. This would be a welcome relief for many households that have felt the impact of high costs in recent years.

Future Outlook

If the trend of declining inflation continues, we can anticipate further rate cuts from the Riksbank. This could lead to lower borrowing costs and increased purchasing power for households, potentially stimulating the economy.

In conclusion, the latest inflation report indicates a positive development for Swedish households with lower inflation and potentially lower interest rates in the future. It remains to be seen how the Riksbank will act, but there are good reasons to be optimistic.

Sweden's CPI inflation

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