Expected Inflation at a Six-Year Low (Unadjusted)

 |  Includes: DIA, QQQ, SPY
by: Mark J. Perry
10-year TIPS-derived expected inflation

The charts above show the market-based 10-year TIPS-derived expected inflation from the Cleveland Fed (both unadjusted - top two charts, and adjusted - bottom chart), calcualted from the difference between 10-year nominal treasury notes and 10-year treasury inflation-protected securities. On an unadjusted basis, inflation expectations fell to a six-year low of 1.47% last week, falling below 1.5% for the first time since September of 2002 (see top chart above).

After adjusting for an inflation-risk premium and a liquidity premium (see details here), the Cleveland Fed's adjusted measure (2.45%) shows that expected inflation is the lowest since early November 2007 (see bottom chart above).

As Frederic Mishkin wrote several weeks ago in the WSJ, "Don't worry about inflation." We might have many other economic concerns right now, but I think it's time to take inflation off the list of economic variables to worry about.