|November 22nd, 2013|
|money, inflation [html]|
This has been recognized as a problem for a while and the obvious fix would be to adjust for inflation. This seems like a reasonable solution, though it does worry me that we'd be giving the government an additional incentive to understate inflation. Capital gains taxes are ~4% of total federal revenue, or about $0.1T/year, so this seems like it might be enough to pressure the BLS.
 If you had invested in low-fee index funds you would have done better than this, ending up with $1,927. That's a 2% annual return after inflation.