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Inflation

Could interest rates and inflation head violently higher?

Somewhere ahead (I think it will be this year) inflation will break out of its current bounds, and today's 'mild inflation' will turn into hyperinflation . . .more...

Will Fed policies continue on the path of inflation?

It is increasingly obvious that the Fed's post-2008 policies of bailouts, money printing, and bond buying benefited the big banks and politically-connected investment firms . . .more...

Does the Obama administration plan to further mask inflation?

Changing government statistics to benefit big spending politicians and their cronies in the big banks does nothing but harm the American people . . .more...

Should investors prepare for all major governments debasing their currencies?

This is the first time in recorded history that we have all the major central banks, all the major governments actively debasing their currencies; and it's going to end badly . . .more...

Has concerns of the Euro devaluation actually subsided?

If only denial, smoke, and mirrors could solve the euro-zone crisis.more...

Will Europeans look to gold for a tangible alternative to bank accounts?

Cyprus is a template for future bank bailouts; no one's money is safe in any financial institution in Europe. How long before bureaucrats and bankers try that here? . . .more...

Is the Fed's monetary policy out-of-control?

The Fed's polices erode the value of the dollar, causing prices to rise, which diminishes people's standard of living; this inflation tax may be the most hideous tax of all . . .more...

Can the Fed control what prices it pumps up?

Not only can't the Fed control what prices it pumps up, it can't be counted on to bring those prices under control -- even when inflation pressures push up interest rates . . .more...

Does global monetary expansion look to be unlimited?

Don't underestimate psychological impact on investors of 'unlimited' -- Fed and ECB to keep up QE and bond buying until and beyond recovery, 'until improvement is achieved' . . .more...

Will central bankers soon launch another round of monetary easing?

Wall Street economists expect the Fed to do more to stimulate growth this year; majority looking for action after Jackson Hole meeting of economists and bankers on Aug. 31 . . .more...

Is the U.S. in for monumental inflation and its devaluation of wealth?

The American public now senses that the Fed's actions, especially since 2008, are enormously inflationary and will cause great harm to the American economy in the long run . . .more...

Will Central Banks create monetary stimulus?

Central banks in Europe and Asia attempted to stimulate the sluggish global economy on Thursday by loosening monetary policy and cutting interest rates . . .more...

Will you and your family eventually pay for the Fed's bailout decisions?

Fed's extra liquidity will temporarily ease the cash crunch for irresponsible bankers, but in the long run it will make the situation much worse for consumers all over the world...more...

Will expectations of global monetary easing ignite higher commodity prices?

Central bank decisions from the Fed, ECB, other western banks, and separately from the People's Bank of China, are unambiguously good for gold in that they're inflationary . . .more...

Are central banks bent on monetary easing?

To the rescue: Fed will increase dollar lending to other central banks who will do the same to other financial institutions, and all will reduce the cost of dollar borrowing . . .more...

In tough times, does a need to offset inflation suggest positions in bullion?

Political uncertainty with the threat of recession, both in the U.S. and Europe, leaves investors in a terrible position; there is no high-return, low-risk investment . . .more...

Is the world in a state of stagflation?

Euro-zone inflation surges; consumer prices in the 17-member euro zone rose at the fastest pace in almost three years even as the economy slowed sharply . . .more...

Will all nations devalue their currencies, which favors gold and silver?

Swiss National Bank has set out to halt the franc's relentless appreciation by pledging to buy unlimited amounts of foreign currency. A big gamble for the safe-haven? . . .more...

Do weak economic figures suggest additional Fed monetary easing?

Non-farm payrolls an important indicator; A weak figure would signal weaker US growth, but point to further US Fed quantitative easing, a positive signal for gold . . .more...

Is "Inflation Tax" preferred over a reduction in big government?

Of course, we can try to postpone the day of reckoning by printing more money but the resulting “inflation tax” will be far worse than a reduction in government benefits.more...

Will the Fed have to trigger yet one more round of monetary easing....QE3?

Although it is politically contentious, the probability of the Fed announcing QE3 is increasing...more...

Are poor economic conditions causing dollar weakness and strong precious metals markets?

The dollar has slid to its lowest level in three years against major currencies; meanwhile, gold hits new nominal high and silver is within sight of multi-decade highs . . .more...

Will the Deficit-Debt-Dollar wealth devaluation cycle continue for a long time?

The spending spree: In spite of all the rhetoric, we will go deeper in debt, the Fed will print more money, and the value of the dollar will continue to plummet . . .more...

What will be the ultimate result of QE2?

Blame for the most recent round of price increases has been laid at the feet of the Federal Reserve's program of credit expansion for the past three years . . .more...

Will the sovereign-debt crisis and inflation support European demand for metals as a safe-haven?

Inflation is rising across the 17 countries that use the euro and, if sustained, economists warn it could prompt the ECB to lift its key interest rate early . . .more...

Why is investor demand for gold up at a time when gold prices have declined?

Many analysts are betting the slump in gold prices will soon be cut short; buying in China and India is feeding an increase in global demand that's destined to last . . .more...

What protection is there for the economic outcome of government over-spending?

If the US government can't borrow hundreds of billions of dollars a month, the Fed will be forced to print a massive amount of money to finance the government's deficits . . .more...

Is Bernanke claiming that the Fed creating money out of thin air to buy bonds is not printing money?

On CBS's 60 Minutes broadcast on Sunday night Bernanke said, ''We're not printing money. The amount of currency in circulation is not changing'' . . .more...

Does the Fed want more inflation?

Just recognize how unique a position we are in right now -- It isn't often that Fed policy involves inducing inflation rather than fighting it . . .more...

Can there be both price inflation AND economic deflation?

Inverse stagflation would entail little economic growth and the underperformance of paper assets like stocks and bonds; we could see a corresponding 20%-to-50% rise in gold . . .more...

Is our current economic policy ''working'' for all Americans?

When money is no longer based on something of value, the amount of money in circulation is not limited by anything but the restraint of those in control of printing presses . . .more...

How will the U.S. deal with its enormous debts?

The US has no choice but to default on its 'impossible' mountain of debts -- depreciating the currency by printing so much of it that debts become insignificant over time . . .more...

Why use 2010 to build up inflation protection?

Most investors today haven't experienced inflation, and have little inflation protection; the challenge is to use 2010 to build up inflation protection for the medium term . . .more...

Why is it that more and more people are creating their own personal gold standard?

The ''chaos party'' -- a huge majority -- has given up on the thesis that "everything will turn out all right" and count their safety and wealth in ounces of gold . . .more...

Does the Fed have a handle on inflation?

The Fed's decisions to keep interest rates near zero and to flood the financial system with credit are sparking fears of an eventual outbreak of inflation . . .more...

Is price inflation inevitable?

As our debt load becomes unsustainable, the alarm of our creditors increases; our credit rating, as a nation, could be downgraded, leading to higher taxes and price inflation . . .more...

Will dollar devaluation and China demand cause higher oil prices?

Dollar trading at its lowest level against the euro in over three weeks as investors moved out of the low-yielding currency and into more riskier assets, including oil . . .more...

What happens when a doubled money supply makes its way into the economy?

U.S. money supply has doubled in the last year or so; once these dollars make their way into the economy, hyperinflation and economic chaos will be a real possibility . . .more...

Will increased war expenditures increase the need for the Treasury to print money?

The White House acknowledges it will have to cut spending or raise revenues to bring the deficit down to a more manageable 3 per cent of GDP over the medium term . . .more...

Will the failing dollar increase investor interest in gold?

Massive U.S. government stimulus spending, eventually leading to inflation, and weakening demand for U.S. bonds likely to push the value of the dollar lower . . .more...

Will the monetary stimulus result in a weak dollar, higher inflation and higher gold?

Gold reached an 18-month high of $1,025.80 an ounce yesterday, and is set for a fifth weekly gain as the U.S. Dollar Index reached its lowest level in almost a year . . .more...

Will investors face the reality of inflation?

There's no way that the US is going to earn the kind of money needed to pay off or even reduce its enormous debts. What's the answer? "Inflate or die” . . .more...

Is 'Cash for Clunkers' a disaster for the out-lobbied and inflationary?

Not everyone is happy; Americans as a whole are hurt, because this additional bailout of auto companies comes at our expense through inflation . . .more...

When government subsidizes prices, will it instead inflate prices?

There is a fast-approaching limit to our ability to borrow, steal, and print -- it could be the only thing that saves us from complete and total economic meltdown . . .more...

Is the U.S. dollar devaluation taking hold in commodity prices?

The weakness of the US dollar against the euro and a surge in crude oil prices contributed to Monday’s commodity price rally, traders said . . .more...

Will Bernanke and the Fed have the power and strategy to control U.S. inflation?

The Fed pumped $1 trillion into the banking system over the past year, the biggest monetary expansion in history; investor expectations for inflation have increased . . .more...

Will the Fed's over-reaching lay the groundwork for a catastrophic round of inflation?

German Chancellor Merkel suggested the central banks have gone too far in fighting the financial crisis and may be laying the groundwork for another financial blowup . . .more...

Is there inflation?

Oil prices, up 48.8% so far this year, rose above $66 a barrel on Friday, setting a fresh six-month high and heading for their biggest monthly gain in more than 10 years . . .more...

What is the outlook for oil and inflation?

Price of oil rising to $100 a barrel as a worldwide economic recovery spurs inflation and the Fed attempts to mop up all the liquidity it has pumped into the system . . .more...

Is there any limit to the Fed increasing the monetary base?

With downgraded economic outlook, Fed officials agreed the monetary base was likely to “grow significantly” as a result of large-scale additional asset purchases . . .more...

Is the Fed creating trillions of dollars out of thin air?

Fed is now monetising government debt; that raises fears that this newly printed money could eventually lead to inflation, or even hyperinflation . . .more...

When does sage investor Warren Buffett predict higher inflation?

Buffett said the country faces an "economic Pearl Harbor," experiencing a "close to the worst-case" scenario of falling business activity and rising unemployment . . .more...

When does sage investor Warren Buffett predict higher inflation?

Buffett said the country faces an "economic Pearl Harbor," experiencing a "close to the worst-case" scenario of falling business activity and rising unemployment . . .more...

Will the Fed have to print money?

Where is the U.S. and the rest of the world going to keep getting money to pay for these stimulus packages?more...

Will the result of 2009 be hyperinflation?

With the Fed buying up everything and boosting the federal deficit, hyperinflation will be the result down the line . . .more...

Will central banks inflate money further to create price inflation?

Fed and ECB policy makers talk about cutting rates further for price stability, but central banks might need to pump money into the corporate sector . . .more...

Is the U.S. Dollar on the road to becoming worthless?

The U.S. Treasury’s and Federal Reserve’s recent strategy of making our money worth less and less is a step on the road to making our money worthless . . .more...

Will America be facing hyperinflation?

Updated total bailout commitments add up to over $8 trillion now; this translates into a monetary base increase of 75 percent over the last two months . . .more...

Will the Fed have to monetize a massive amount of private sector debt?

The Fed announced a radical plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debt in a dramatic effort to break through a credit clog that is imperiling the economy . . .more...

Will central banks need to inject massive amounts of cash?

To counteract a world financial crisis the Fed announced a $330 billion expansion of arrangements to boost U.S. dollar liquidity throughout the global financial system . . .more...

Will foreign central banks join the Fed with significant monetary expansion?

Fed almost quadrupled the dollars central banks can auction around the world to $247 billion in bid to ease worst crisis facing financial markets since the 1920s . . .more...

Is inflation on the rise?

US wholesale prices rose twice as fast as expected last month; At an annual level, the headline PPI was up 9.8 per cent, the highest since 1981 . . .more...

Is the dollar still plagued by the economy, widening deficits and inflation?

Dollar’s recent gains can't be sustained -- since September, 2000, the dollar has declined more than 44% as inflation accelerated to an annual 5% today . . .more...

Is the Fed now stuck between a “rock” and a “hard place” on controlling inflation?

Bernanke is constrained -- A rate cut risks pushing inflation higher still; an increase would further tighten credit and starve the faltering economy . . .more...

Does the Fed now foresee greater inflation and financial market volatility ahead?

Fed Chairman Bernanke said today that Fed officials raised their projections for inflation this year and must be ‘particularly alert’ to signs of broader inflation . . .more...

What do the world’s central banks need to do ASAP to bring inflation under control?

With their currencies tied to the U.S. dollar, many developing countries must start acting decisively by aggressively increasing interest rates . . .more...

Could the ECB force the Fed’s hand into joining the global inflation fight?

A rate hike by the European Central Bank may only make matters worse for the dollar in the short-term and lead to even higher oil prices . . .more...

What does the world’s richest investor see up ahead for the US economy?

Warren Buffett today on Bloomberg Television: “I think the ‘flation’ part will heat up and I think the ‘stag’ part will get worse . . .”more...

Is it becoming apparent that gold may rise to $5000 over the next several years?

Gold prices may rise to $5,000 an ounce as inflation psychology becomes more and more embedded and people become desperate to have a source of value . . .more...

Will the Fed try to hide evidence and consequences of the greatest monetary inflation of all time?

Fed doesn't see evidence of "a significant acceleration of underlying inflation" in goods and services or wages, nor in public’s inflation expectations . . .more...

Are stocks at all profitable considering the impact of true inflation?

With current inflation at 11%, measured by classic standards, this stock market is kept aloft pretty much on hope, barely keeping its head above water . . .more...

Has a world of fiat currency and government spending caused runaway global inflation?

If you measure the numbers correctly, two-thirds of the world's population will probably suffer double-digit rates of inflation this summer . . .more...

Are oil prices higher due to the Fed's rampant dollar debasement and the consequence of inflation?

The dollar debasement that the Fed began in 2004 and exacerbated in the aftermath of last summer's credit crisis is wreaking the havoc history told us it would . . .more...

Is black gold (oil) leading a runaway inflation train?

Crude rose above $127 a barrel; Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its crude-oil price forecast for the second half of this year to $141 a barrel . . .more...

Does the Fed prefer to ignore inflation on food and energy?

The core PCE price index, Fed’s preferred inflationary measure which strips out food and energy costs, rose by 0.2 per cent in March, 2.1 per cent over the year . . .more...

Will Democrats taking power feed the oil inflation spiral?

Democrats’ energy policy and their actual record while in control of Congress in the last year and a half has been nothing short of disastrous . . .more...

Will the Euro be relatively stronger than the Dollar in the face of global inflation?

The Dollar hit a new all-time low Thursday, weighed down by a combination of gloomy U.S. economic data and high European inflation, the highest level in 16 years . . .more...

Will we continue a long round of stagflation?

Rising inflation, above the top end of Fed’s presumed comfort zone, complicates the task of pumping enough liquidity into financial markets to ease turbulence . . .more...

What would cause widespread asset inflation?

The creation of new money is massive, with the Fed and world central banks running the printing presses overtime as they seek to ward off recession . . .more...

What is government doing to our money and our wealth?

By keeping failing banks afloat, the Fed punishes those who have lived frugally and saved; The power to create money should never be granted to government . . .more...

Is the public finally concerned about inflation, which leads to gold/silver demand?

Of American adults surveyed in CNN poll, 65% said they are "very concerned" about inflation, 26% are "somewhat concerned” and 86% are worried about jobs . . .more...

Do Europeans still see high inflation with a strong Euro?

The European Central Bank and the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold as spiraling food and oil prices kept inflation high in Europe . . .more...

Is America's course of inflation so obvious that it is becoming a joke?

We're blessed with an administration and a Congress dedicated to the debasement of the currency . . .more...

If there was a gold guru, what is he saying now?

The credit system is totally decimated, ruined and broken. Stimulation must continue. Nothing can stop the march of gold up or the march of the dollar down . . .more...

What are symptoms of an inflationary recession?

If demand for commodities shows signs of slipping, or if high costs begin to translate into higher inflation readings, the stock market could suffer . . .more...

Are we in for an inflationary recesssion?

Policy makers said they are expecting a sharp economic slowdown during the first half as the housing slump, credit crunch and market turmoil take a toll on consumers . . .more...

Why does it seem that gold price advancements do not want to give?

The higher gold rises without public participation, the higher gold will ultimately go . . .more...

Why is gold advancing without the public's awareness?

We're at the beginning of the era where gold will enter the US public's conciousness . . .more...

Will inflation escalate?

Prices for US consumers rose, pushing inflation to highest yearly increase since . . .more...

Is inflation and gold on the rise?

Gold prices soared to a new record Tuesday, driven higher by inflation concerns . . .more...

Will central banks inject massive amounts of money due to the bank crisis?

The European Central Bank added an unprecedented $500 billion to banking system . . .more...

Will real assets be big winners as world finds Uncle Sam is not Santa Claus?

Biggest losers will be U.S. bonds -- much higher yields in next five years . . .more...

Can governments create an ocean of fiat currencies AND have low inflation?

Euro-region inflation accelerated to 3 percent last month, fastest pace in six years . . .more...

Will the Fed try to convince the public that a depreciating Dollar does not cause inflation?

Bernanke: Dollar depreciation leads to "relatively small" inflationary effect . . .more...

Will signs of inflation draw gold prices higher?

Fears of oil-induced higher inflation helped boost spot gold to a 28-year high . . .more...

Will governments drive prices higher and higher?

20 central banks are under political pressure to keep their currencies . . .more...

What happens when 80 million Baby-Boomers start to qualify for Social Security?

These programs will rack up $50 trillion in government obligations . . .more...

Will the falling dollar fuel higher prices in gold, silver and platinum?

U.S. currency declines spur demand for gold, platinum, silver and . . .more...

Will the Fed hyper-inflate to solve today's economic problems?

We could easily experience something akin to hyper-inflation as the Fed funds go totally wild . . .more...

Will gold begin accelerating as the next financial bubble?

The cut makes gold cheaper to own -- the cut is anti-deflationary . . .more...

Does the Fed use selective language to disguise an inflationary crisis?

The former Fed chairman said current turmoil was "an accident waiting to happen" . . .more...

Is commodity inflation growing as a global epidemic?

China's central bank raised interest rates in attempt to rein in inflationary pressure . . .more...

Is there commodity inflation to spur gold and silver?

The jump in oil prices cames as other commodities hit all-time highs . . .more...

Can central banks hide inflation any longer?

The soaring prices of bushels and barrels are not unconnected . . .more...

Could escalating oil prices fuel inflation?

We're only a headline of significance away from $100 oil . . .more...

Would the government lie about inflation if it was 10%?

The Labor Dept's inflation figures are a dastardly lie and everybody knows it . . .more...

What does it mean when we have inflation and the economy is failing?

The US economy has rolled over and the Fed cannot pump rates . . .more...

Is inflation on the rise?

US wholesale goods prices rose last month, adding unexpected inflationary pressure to . . .more...

Will government policymakers promote higher inflation to offset present risk of unemployment?

Bernanke believes that the bank would be better off with a relatively flexible inflation target...more...

Is the world headed for an inflationary currency crisis?

This bull market in gold will be based on fears about the very survival of . . .more...

Is anyone in Congress NOT hiding the Fed's devaluation of savings and purchasing power?

The dollar loses value as the direct result of the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury increasing...more...

Will The Fed lose credibility to fight inflation now that Democrats have control of Congress?

Democrats will give Bernanke a tougher time than the Republicans on inflation targets . . .more...

Will there be asset bubbles globally?

Markets around the world are awash in excess cash, fueling a frenzy of investment from . . .more...

Are gold and black gold prices related?

"It is a surprise that gold's relationship with oil is stronger at the moment than . . . "more...

What has happened to our money?

It started in 1971 when Nixon shut the gold window . . .more...

When will wage inflation start to spiral?

Business compensation per employee-hour soared almost 8% in the year through June . . .more...

What current events could fuel inflation?

Crude oil for September delivery rose to $74.74 a barrel -- up 23 percent so far this year . . .more...

Will higher Fed rates reverse inflation?

Similar action in the 1970s did not prevent inflation, dollar weakness, or create any change . . .more...

Does silver volatility indicate metals weakness or is this the beginning of the move?

As I see it, this is fated to be a very long period of inflation -- it may last for years . . .more...

Why is silver gravitating to higher price levels?

The problem is this -- there's an increasing demand for silver, but the once-huge supply . . .more...

Has the upward trend in oil prices resumed?

IPE Brent for June delivery hit a record $72.20 a barrel before easing back to . . .more...

How will I know when the government spending crisis is going to implode?

Here's my answer -- we'll see it in the action of gold . . .more...

Have years of increasing interest rates stopped inflation?

The five-year commodity price boom that has catapulted metal, energy and some agricultural prices...more...

Isn't government the "friend of the people?"

It's sad, it's inexcusable, it's unpardonable, but what we're seeing is our own government . . .more...

Will rising mining costs threaten to make gold even scarcer?

The gold industry will find it hard to keep up current levels of production . . .more...

Have the Fed's 14 rate increases since 2004 curtailed inflation or created stagflation?

Consumer prices shot up in January at the fastest pace in four months as the . . .more...

Why is there growing inflation risk?

Investors and economists are watching Fed speeches to gauge how many more times . . .more...

Are commodities other than oil, gold and silver reaching record high prices?

Copper prices rose to records in New York and London as contract workers at . . .more...

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