Accounting Matters: Inflation measurement dilemma

Alex Waite

If there is one issue that has seized the attention of defined benefit (DB) sponsors this reporting season, it is whether inflation should be measured using the consumer prices index (CPI) or the retail prices index (RPI). And Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) partner Alex Waite is clear why: “There is a formula [for RPI] and the formula is wrong. It is like having an error in a spreadsheet,” he says.

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