Inflation

Inflation, at the very core, is the rate at which the price level in an economy increases. It can also be called the rate at which the purchasing power of individuals is falling: as prices increase, less and less can be bought with each dollar. There are many factors that can cause inflation to increase, but two of the major ones are excessive money supply and reckless government spending.

Inflation is not a problem if it is low; but, once it escalates, it causes severe economic problems. To control inflation, central banks use different tools such as interest rates. In the U.S., the Federal Reserve targets inflation rate in the U.S. economy to be between two percent and three percent.

The inflation figures in the U.S. are reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) each month, for the previous month.

Since the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, inflation in the U.S. economy has been very low. In 2013, prices increased by 1.5%, which was well below the Federal Reserve’s target. But, over the past few years, the central bank has printed a significant amount of money to boost the economy. The money supply, as a result, has substantially increased. In addition to this, the U.S. government has also spent, continuing to incur budget deficits year-over-year. Going forward, this could mean soaring inflation.

U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015: Economy Strong but Markets Unstable

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Economic Picture for 2015 Not RosyStrong Economic Data Points to Growth in 2015?

As 2014 winds down, many investors are wondering what the economic outlook for 2015 will be. If you look at the U.S. economic data that’s been trickling in, 2015 looks like it could be a very strong year.

The U.S. announced strong third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.9%… Read More

Survey Shows Real Inflation Running at About 5%

By Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Survey Shows Real InflationIf you listen to mainstream economists, they will have you convinced prices in the U.S. economy aren’t rising fast enough. Some say we are headed towards a period of deflation. But the reality of the matter is that inflation in this economy is running rampant.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, what you could buy for $1.00 i… Read More

Two Major Concerns About Overvalued Stock Market Prices

By Monday, November 17, 2014

Stock Market 60 OvervaluedThe amount of money investors are borrowing to buy stocks is skyrocketing.

In September of this year, margin debt on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stood at $483.87 billion—a new record-high. When the stock market was forming a top in 2007, margin debt was at a “then” record-high of $329.51 billion. Margin debt on the NYSE is … Read More

What Canada/China’s Yuan Trade Deal Means for U.S. Dollar

By Friday, November 14, 2014

How Long Will This U.S. Dollar Rally LastAs the chart below illustrates, since July of this year, the U.S. dollar has been rallying against other major world currencies.

I, for one, do not expect to see the rally in the U.S. dollar sustained. I believe the U.S. dollar is currently rallying, because other parts in the global economy are doing worse than the U.S. While the U.S. do… Read More

Prices of Gold/Silver Companies to Double from Here?

By Monday, November 10, 2014

Prices of Gold and Silver Companies to DoubleSilver is down 70% from its high of $48.70 an ounce back in April of 2011. And the calls from the mainstream are for silver prices to fall farther, as the Federal Reserve has stopped printing paper money and inflation is nowhere in sight. I beg to differ.

As the price of one ounce of silver reaches a four-year low, investors are running to bu… Read More