U.S. markets closed
  • S&P 500

    4,274.04
    -31.16 (-0.72%)
     
  • Dow 30

    33,980.32
    -171.69 (-0.50%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    12,938.12
    -164.43 (-1.25%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    1,987.31
    -33.22 (-1.64%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    87.55
    -0.56 (-0.64%)
     
  • Gold

    1,778.20
    +1.50 (+0.08%)
     
  • Silver

    19.74
    +0.00 (+0.02%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.0180
    0.0000 (-0.0000%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    2.8930
    +0.0690 (+2.44%)
     
  • Vix

    19.90
    +0.21 (+1.07%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.2047
    -0.0004 (-0.0337%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    134.9570
    -0.1330 (-0.0984%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    23,367.71
    -492.77 (-2.07%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    557.23
    -15.58 (-2.72%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,515.75
    -20.31 (-0.27%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    29,222.77
    +353.86 (+1.23%)
     

How the Consumer-Price Index Measures Inflation

As inflation climbs in the U.S., rising food and energy costs have pushed the nation’s most popular price index to its highest level in four decades. WSJ’s Gwynn Guilford explains how the consumer-price index works and what it can tell you about inflation. Illustration: Jacob Reynolds