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The Consumer Price Index CPI is the measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a fixed market basket of consumer goods and services The CPI provides a way for consumers to compare what a market basket of goods and services cost this month with what the same market basket cost a month or year ago The CPI affects all Americans because of the way it is used The three major uses are as a economic indicator as a deflator of other economic series and as a means of adjusting dollar values The CPI reflects the spending patterns for each of the two population groups All Urban Consumers CPI-U and Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers CPI-W The CPI represents all the goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households The categories are such areas food and beverage housing apparel and its upkeep transportation medical care recreation education and communication and other goods and services The NASDAQ Stock Market is the largest electronic screen-based market in the world with the capacity to handle share volume in excess of one billion shares a day Known for its innovative leading-edge growth companies NASDAQ has two tiers The NASDAQ National Market with NASDAQs larger companies whose securities are the most actively traded and the NASDAQ Small Cap Market with emerging growth companies The current market value of the NASDAQ National Market is around 25532 billion dollars The market and its value reflect the tendencies of the American people regarding their finances If the market is up and the volume is up then the economy is thriving and booming Conversely if the market is down and the volume is down then the economy is dying and starving The graphs show the CPI over the past two years and the NASDAQ over the past 12 weeks What can been seen from the CPI graph is that over the last two years
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