The Fed Will Fix Inflation? Yeah, Sure …

The Fed Will Fix Inflation? Yeah, Sure …

The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank is hiking interest rates to reduce the currently high inflation rate. They also – sort of, maybe – stopped the money printing that causes inflation. Will it work? Will the Fed give up and reverse its direction? Economic crash, or hyperinflation, or both? Nobody, including the Fed, really knows. Huge impact on us normal folks. What if anything, can we do?

What Is the “Real” Story On Inflation Today?

What Is the “Real” Story On Inflation Today?

Inflation seems to be at the top of many folks minds these days. Prices going up on almost everything essential – food, fuel, housing. Economists define “inflation” as a sustained general increase in price levels – affecting virtually everything, but they classify price increases in relatively few items as simply local market price situations, not inflation. What is the inflation that we have today?

Inflation Is Unavoidable, Necessary — and Very Dangerous

Inflation Is Unavoidable, Necessary — and Very Dangerous

Inflation has become a huge concern lately. As defined both by products price increases and by money supply increases, inflation has jumped noticeably after many years of relative stability. Is this just yet another blip in our COVID-scrambled world, or something much worse? Why do we have inflation? What turns it into a potential monster? Pretty important questions today.

Is Inflation Real? If So, Is This Good or Bad?

Is Inflation Real? If So, Is This Good or Bad?

Is inflation real? Yup. Is this good or bad? Depends on who you are. Good if your income is growing faster than prices, or you can keep ahead of the game by borrowing. Bad if your income growth lags price growth and you can’t borrow enough to make up the difference. Is that all I need to know about inflation? Nope.

What’s with the Shortages Explosion?

What’s with the Shortages Explosion?

I keep reading about shortages recently. Is it time to panic? To an old systems guy, the current “shortages” and supply chain chaos are exactly what would be expected as the economy begins to open up again after more than a year of lockdowns, business failures, layoffs, and the usual global weather inconveniences. A bigger surprise would have been no shortages occurring.