Tuesday , 19 September 2017


Major Price Inflation Is Coming – It's Just a Matter of Time! Here's Why

The developed economies of the world have opened the money spigots…[and this] massive money and credit creation is sitting in the banking system like dry tinder just waiting for a spark to set it ablaze. How quickly it happens is anyone’s guess, but once it does we are likely to be enveloped in a worldwide inflation unlike anything before ever witnessed. [Let me explain further.] Words: 625

So says Monty Pelerin (www.EconomicNoise.com in edited excerpts from an article* which Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!), has further edited below for length and clarity – see Editor’s Note at the bottom of the page. (This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.)

Pelerin goes on to say, in part:

The world is now three to four years past the financial crisis and is still printing money at rates that would make John Law proud. There is no more talk of “exit strategies” by the Federal Reserve or other Central Banks. That will not happen because there is no way to stop printing. Slowing down the rate of printing would plunge the world into a massive recession (for those who believe we have ever gotten out of the last one). Liquidating credit would produce a worldwide Depression.

 

John Williams of Shadowstats.com warned [see here] that “The seasonally-adjusted St. Louis Fed Adjusted Monetary Base just jumped to an historic high level in the two-week period ended February 22nd, as shown in the [graph to the right below] which is suggestive of a deepening systemic solvency crisis.

Adding liquidity to the system usually is contrary to the action that would be taken if the Fed were trying to reduce inflation. Indeed, the Fed is not trying to reduce inflation—despite inflation running significantly above its 2.0% inflation target—instead, the U.S. central bank continues its efforts to provide liquidity to a still severely-impaired U.S. banking system.

The political authorities have no intention of either cutting spending or cutting deficits. Frankly, they have no political will or courage to do either. Hence, growth in the money supply will continue. In order to have any hope of continuing the economic charade, ever larger doses of money will be required to maintain just the anemic economic activity that we have now.”

 

 

Unfortunately for the political class (and us), markets don’t care about politics or political careers. Goods and services trade in relative terms with other goods and services. of which fiat money is merely another good/service. At some point, the world will recognize that money is plentiful relative to real goods and services. Then all real goods and services will trade for more of the plentiful commodity, fiat money, than previously. This is what is called price inflation and it will roar.

Economics is not engineering so it is impossible to say when or just how much inflation will occur. From the numbers above, one could say that about 16% per year was added by the Fed last year. Since the beginning of the crisis, Fed credit has more than tripled. So, there is a couple of a hundred percent “baked in” since 2007. Those numbers are approximations only.

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Once people get spooked, their willingness to hold money will decline (the velocity of money will expand). It is this latter phenomenon that moves a country from very high inflation into hyperinflation. An arbitrary definition of hyperinflation might be in excess of 50% per month.

What would you do if your food bill was increasing by 50% per month and the purchasing power of your savings/pension/fixed income contracts was declining by 50% per month? It doesn’t take but a few months for someone unprepared and well-off to become impoverished.

*http://www.economicnoise.com/2012/02/27/inflation-the-final-blow/

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