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What Is A PCE Deflator?

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If you’re trying to drop a few pounds you’re going to love this next post. It’s all about the PCE deflator. Wait! What the heck is a PCE deflator?


Although it might sound like the latest trend for waist watchers, the PCE deflator actually has nothing to do with your diet. It’s a term used by economists no matter what they’re eating.

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The PCE deflator or Personal Consumption Expenditure Deflator is a measure of inflation based on changes in personal consumption. It comes out when GDP comes out.

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