Inflation ‘Round the World
By Joel Bowman
Faithful and unfaithful readers alike will have noticed a recurring theme in our recent reckonings. We refer, of course, to inflation; that insidious, noxious tax which appears to be gushing out of every economic orifice in the land, but that, somehow, fails to register as even a drip on the governmentÕs official inflation-o-meter. Curious, no?
Regular reckoner, Chris Mayer, identified inflation as the “wrecking ball” of 2011 in his column “Inflation’s First Phase”. Eric Fry addressed it in both “When Stock Market Rallies Validate Effective Monetary Policy” and “Tracing the Fed’s Vital Role in the Decline of the US Dollar”. And our Reckon-in-Chief, Bill Bonner, touches on it in some fashion, on most days.
In fact, most people in possession of at least one of the five basic human senses seems to see, feel, hear, taste or smell inflation’s foul presence. Which means that those trained specifically to keep an eye (ear, nose, etc.) out for it – and who so adamantly deny its existence Ð are either blessed with a sixth “masking” sense to which the rest of us are not privy… or that they are simply senseless morons, blinded by the light of their own academic brilliance.