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Retirement Inflation

A look back in history provides some perspective on inflation risk & investing.

1988 2008
Average cost of a new house: $91,600 $223,800
Average price for a new car: $10,400 $28,000
Average price for a gallon of gas: $0.91 $2.90
The average price for a movie ticket: $3.50 $8.00
Cost of a U.S. postage stamp: $0.24 $0.41
The average cost of a dozen eggs: $0.65 $1.50

Sources: Kmotion Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Association of Realtors. Future prices are projections only and assume a 3% inflation rate in 20 years.

20 YEARS FROM NOW??
The average cost of a new house: $404,208
Average price for a new car: $50,571
Average price for a gallon of gas: $5.24
The average price for a movie ticket: $14.45
Cost of a U.S. postage stamp: $0.74
The average cost of a dozen eggs: $2.71