Living: The High Cost of Loving

Wooing a sophisticated lady can break a most happy fella

Romance is not dead; it is just very, very expensive. While the CPI (Consumer Price Index) rose 258% in the past 25 years, the CLI (Cost of Loving Index) soared 420% during the same period. Moonlight still comes cheap, but a dozen long-stemmed roses, $5 in the '50s, sets the sender back $60 today. A couple of drinks at a cocktail lounge will cost about $4.50, compared with $1.50. Going to the movies, once a couple of bucks, is now about $10.

These whimsical, if melancholy, statistics are cited by Market Strategist Raymond...

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