Browsing All posts tagged under »Inflation«

Reader Question: Should I Invest In Gold and Silver?

June 10, 2011

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After the sale of a property I now have some money to invest. I’m sceptical of advice given to me because I’m not that knowledgable & don’t want to lose it. I’m looking for something safe to beat inflation. Would gold/silver be a good way to invest? Thanks. Firstly, you should note that I’m not […]

In Support the Bank of England on Monetary Policy

March 28, 2011

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While reading the Office for Budget Responsibility‘s United Kingdom Economic and Fiscal Outlook – March 2011 over the weekend (yes, I had that much fun), I noticed the chart below: It shows the difference between the current rate of UK inflation (CPI) and an estimate of inflation had sales taxes (VAT and excise duty on […]

When Will the Bank of England Raise Interest Rates?

February 16, 2011

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Where do you think the BoE will go with interest rates in Q2 2011? Is there really enough spending in the system to warrant raising them? This question was asked by anonymous reader via Formspring. The table above is taken from the Bank of England’s latest Inflation report and shows the latest market expectations for […]

The Systematic Debasement of Sterling by the UK Government

December 15, 2010

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Conventional wisdom suggests that the spectre of inflation has been defeated by the economic policy innovations of independent central banks and inflation targeting mechanisms. Indeed, despite prices of many types of goods and services currently rising – and expected to continue rising – as discussed in a recent post, many still believe that deflation is […]

The Emerging Split on the Bank of England’s MPC

September 29, 2010

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The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (“MPC”) has maintained interest rates at current 0.5% level since March 2009 and its Asset Purchase Programme (a.k.a. quantitative easing) at £200bn since November 2009, the consensus amongst the committee members is now beginning to break down, creating uncertainty regarding the future direction of monetary policy.  One member […]

Why Creating Inflation Is The Wrong Policy Choice

September 13, 2010

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While reading a recent commentary posted on the Guardian Comment Is Free website, I came across the following economic policy suggestion from Dean Baker, co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research: The Fed should be targeting a higher rate of inflation, in the 3-4% range. This would reduce real interest rates and debt […]