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One of the largest single influences on the level of interest rates is inflation.
There are a number of sites that report inflation over time. Go to
ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/cpi/cpiai.txt and review the data available.
Note that the last columns report various averages. Move this data into a
spreadsheet using the method discussed in the Web exploration at the end of
Chapter 1. What has the average rate of inflation been since 1950, 1960, 1970,
1980, and 1990? What year had the lowest level of inflation? What year had the
highest level of inflation?

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One of the largest single influences on the level of interest rates is inflation.
There are a number of sites that report inflation over time. Go to
ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/cpi/cpiai.txt and review the data available.
Note that the last columns report various averages. Move this data into a
spreadsheet using the method discussed in the Web exploration at the end of
Chapter 1. What has the average rate of inflation been since 1950, 1960, 1970,
1980, and 1990? What year had the lowest level of inflation? What year had the
highest level of inflation?

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