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Z80A
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join:2009-11-23
reply to wierdo

Re: Greece!

Extreme expansion of the money supply is a monetary event, not an economic one and it is coming most assuredly unless spending is cut drastically. And we both know that will not happen.

wierdo

join:2001-02-16
Tulsa, OK
said by Z80A:

Extreme expansion of the money supply is a monetary event, not an economic one and it is coming most assuredly unless spending is cut drastically. And we both know that will not happen.
If you say so. You seem to be under the impression that the value of the dollar is not directly tied to our economic output relative to the world. By what other benchmark does a fiat currency have value?

Hyperinflation requires inflation, by definition. If we have little to no inflation, hyperinflation is a simple impossibility.

You should be more concerned about deflation, but as with half of the world, you seem to have decided for no particular reason that a deflationary environment is inflationary.
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It's wierdo, not weirdo. Yes, I know that's not the 'proper' spelling of the similar english language word.

cw30000

join:2008-07-11
Last I check my check, my food cost more, my energy cost more and other necessities cost more too. So, how is this not inflation?

Why should we have to be concerned about deflation. How is deflation a bad thing? So my dollar can buy more today than yesterday is a bad thing?


Z80A
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join:2009-11-23

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said by cw30000:

Last I check my check, my food cost more, my energy cost more and other necessities cost more too. So, how is this not inflation?
That is because the gov't conveniently leaves out food and energy from 'core inflation' statistics. It is easy to have low inflation when you ignore in-demand items subject to inflation such as food and energy. And for others like CPI, they're manipulated through "seasonal adjustments" and weighting.

Deflation is bad because it feeds itself. Deflation is bad for producers, thus they have to control costs by firing people leading to lower demand, lower prices and more firings; lower demand, lower prices and more firings...etc.

A far more likely short term scenario is stagflation...high inflation with little to no economic growth.
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wierdo

join:2001-02-16
Tulsa, OK
said by Z80A:

A far more likely short term scenario is stagflation...high inflation with little to no economic growth.
That, I can agree with.

However, it's plain to see that energy and food prices are well off from their highs.

As far as certain items being excluded from the core inflation number, energy prices are so volatile, that it makes sense to exclude it from core inflation. Added back in to the long term trend, it makes more sense, but when comparing month to month or quarter to quarter, energy and food just muddy the waters.

In any event, however you calculate it, inflation is extremely low at the moment and yields on government debt is extremely low. The low inflation combined with the low federal funds rate tells us that deflation is a reasonable possibility. The low yield on government debt tells us that those buying the debt don't think hyperinflation is a likely scenario.

Interestingly, if you look at corporate balance sheets, you'll notice most companies are hoarding cash like mad right now. If that reverses, it might be time to consider tightening the money supply.
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It's wierdo, not weirdo. Yes, I know that's not the 'proper' spelling of the similar english language word.