An email I received earlier today commented on the difference between nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) charts of market data. The overlay below of the Nominal and Real (inflation-adjusted) Dow illustrates the concept of "money illusion," the tendency of people to think of currency in nominal, rather than real, terms.
Below the two Dow series is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from 1913 and with estimates for the earlier years. The CPI is the inflation (deflation) multiplier that accounts for the difference between the two views of the Dow.
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