Posts tagged ‘Inflation’

January 14, 2011

Chart of the week: food inflation in India

Food prices rose rapidly in India during December (Calcutta Telegraph)

Food prices rose rapidly in India during December (Calcutta Telegraph)

September 19, 2010

Warren Mosler: Gold Buying

This graph shows the annual world gold product...

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Looks like govts. are increasingly moving into gold.

Govts. can support prices for at least as long as they increase purchases geometrically, which, operationally they can do without limit. It’s a political decision.

To get all the gold they want, govts. have to out bid the private sector, and then maybe each other as well.

That means when govt buying slows down, if it ever does, prices then fall to the private sector’s bid.

With precious few non hoarding uses for gold it’s all waste of human endeavor and a waste of all the other real resources that go into gold mining and refining, etc. But it’s all a very small % of world expenditure of real resources.

Bottom line, it’s another example of govt. ‘interference’ creating a distortion, but in this case the real resources expended- land, labor, capital, energy- are relatively small as a % of total resource consumption, and since gold can’t be eaten and isn’t used for shelter and clothing (ok, some ornamentation) the high price probably alters too few lives for the worse for a political backlash.

However, central bankers stuck in mythical inflations expectations theory with regards to the cause of inflation could react and cause problems that wouldn’t otherwise be there. I doubt the Fed falls into that category, but it’s not impossible. [Source]

July 2, 2010

Chart of the week: dollarisation in Zimbabwe

Explanation:

Dollarization

One type of monetary secession results from the fact that there are large differences in the quality of money issued by governments around the world. While many Americans justly complain about the Fed causing inflation in the U.S., the U.S. dollar is a far better product than many foreign alternatives. The Zimbabwean dollar under the control of Mugabe, for example, became a rather poor product indeed. By printing huge amounts of money, the Zimbabwean government removed the scarcity of its currency and made it a next to useless medium of exchange. At one stage, prices were doubling roughly every 24 hours and therefore signalled very little.  The graph below shows the path – in logarithmic scale! – of the Zimbabwean dollar’s exchange rate against the U.S. dollar.

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