Financial experts Jim Paulsen, Brian Wesbury and Michelle Girard reflect on how consumers are struggling with record-high inflation on ‘Making Money.’
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies continued a wide-ranging decline over the weekend following Friday’s release of the latest inflation data reaching a new 40-year high.
A further decline on Sunday puts bitcoin on a six-day losing streak.
Bitcoin is trading around $27,000, down more than 4% for the week and nearly 24% for the past 12 months.
Ether also fell on Sunday, declining as much as 5% to around $1,400. Ether is down more than 14% in the past week and more than 35% in a year.
The Labor Department said Friday that the consumer price index, a broad measure of the price for everyday goods, rose 8.6% in May from a year ago. Prices jumped 1% in the one-month period from April. Those figures were both higher than the 8.3% headline figure and 0.7% monthly gain forecast by Refinitiv economists.
Price increases were widespread: Energy prices rose 3.9% in May from the previous month, and are up 34.6% from last year. Gasoline, on average, costs 48.7% more than it did one year ago and 7.8% more than it did in April.
The price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit an historic milestone over the weekend and continues to move higher.
The price on Sunday morning rose to $5.01, according to AAA.
Gas hit the $5 mark on Saturday morning for the first time ever as part of a record setting run.