Unveiling Hidden Inflation as Finance’s Achilles Heel

The inflation rate is much higher than the US government is willing to admit.  Why isn’t it listed & discussed truthfully, then?  Because by publishing & using true data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Department & Federal Reserve would wreak havoc across financial markets and the wider economy – something that’s inevitable anyway, but why not ‘guide’ perception alchemically while continuing to kick cans down the road?

Imagine if the real inflation rate of 6% were listed?  Would holding US government bonds, which pay around 2%, then make sense for you, the personal investor, let alone for foreign central banks or institutions which recycle oil revenue receipts into US Treasurys?  And wouldn’t the government then need to pay more for CPI-linked entitlement payments like Social Security while corporations would be forced to raise wages?  Most critically, wouldn’t interest rates then need to be hiked by necessity, rather than remain as ‘merely’ one of seemingly many options available to clearly policy-cornered global central banks?

You start seeing the massive stakes underwriting requisite lies, and thus how & why everyone dances around numerical dead elephants in the living room.  Yet mathematical inertia tends to do its own thing, so best to be properly informed and plan around the government’s window dressings.  I.E. Imagine that it’s early 2007 and you knew then what you know now.

Our 44th episode of “Money & Fear” will look historically, politically and numerically at the realities of Hidden Inflation, because you’re not supposed to yet urgently need to.  No, you’re not crazy for thinking that you’re paying more for things while driving past homeless strewn across manicured suburban boulevards, all the while corporate press & politicians claim that the economy is chugging along just splendidly.

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Show Notes

How Government Regulations Made Healthcare So Expensive

Health-Care Costs Are Still Eating the U.S. Economy

UC hikes tuition, despite student appeals to hold it flat

A Look at the Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2019

Diving Into the CPI: What’s in Your Basket?

United States Inflation Rate

Current US Inflation Rates: 2009-2019

CPI Inflation Calculator

Average US price of gas jumps 6 cents per gallon, to $2.50

Where Is Inflation Hiding? In Asset Prices

“Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

How Markets Behave Before and After Fed Rate Decisions

U.S. Treasuries Trade Like 1965 After Fed Kills Volatility

Trump Says Fed Should Cut Rates and Lift Economy

Consumer Price Index, 1913-

Paul Volcker:  The 6'7" Giant Who Ended Stagflation and Has His Own Rule

ShadowStats - Alternate Unemployment Charts 

ShadowStats - Alternate Inflation Charts

Chapwood Index - Problems with the Consumer Price Index

The Consumer Price Index May Be Getting Inflation Wrong

Another Alternative Inflation Measure – Paul Krugman

You Want To Know The Real Rate Of Inflation, Don't Bother With The CPI

Pong (video game)

Fed Officials Signal High Hurdle to Hike as Inflation Lags

The Illusions of Hedonics

Manipulating the Consumer Price Index: Hedonic Quality Adjustments

Lies, Lies & OMG More Lies

Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research & Jesse Colombo Twitter

Don’t Be Surprised That the Stock Market Is Falling

U.S. house prices to rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay: Reuters poll

US house prices are going to rise at twice the speed of inflation and pay: Reuters poll

Why the Collapse of Bear Stearns Changed the Silver Market Forever

How Alan Greenspan Helped Wreck the Economy

Did Fed actions lead to the housing bubble? Greenspan shrugs

The Private Debt Crisis

Decade After Crisis, a $600 Trillion Market Remains Murky to Regulators

US median household income climbs to new high of $61,372

Is housing hiding inflation in other sectors of the economy? CPI gives housing a 42 percent weight and this has obscured rising costs in medical care, education, food, and energy. It has also given the Federal Reserve another excuse to digitally print more money.

How the Government Deceives us on Inflation, as Rents and Housing Costs Soar

A world guided by low interest rates – Why a lower priced home with a higher interest rate is more valuable than a high priced home with a low interest rate. 30 year fixed mortgage has fallen by over 40 percent since January of 2000.

S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price NSA Index

A Look at the Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2019

California public universities consider tuition hikes you can count on

Russia Dumps U.S. Dollars and Buys Gold As “Safety Metal”

Russia Dumps U.S. Dollars and Buys Gold As “Safety Metal”

The ECB Is Struggling With Three Big Questions - Peter Praet’s comment on tiering interest rates is just one example of where the ECB can’t make its mind up. The others are the outlook and inflation.

A bond sell-off could be 'Armageddon' for the market.

Ex-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan: 'We are in a bond market bubble' that's beginning to unwind

Lies, Damn Lies and Inflation  - CPI figures have different meanings in the U.S. and Europe, thanks to different treatment of housing and health care

Lies, Damn Lies And Inflation Statistics

Where Does Inflation Hide?

The U.S. Lies About Inflation: Here's The Inflation Secret The Government Doesn't Want You to Know

Rabobank: "A Black Hole Has Appeared Before Our Eyes: It’s Now Arriving 31 October"

How the Fed “Prints” Money


BLS - How the CPI measures price change of  Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence (OER)  and Rent of primary residence (Rent)


John Rubino – Next Recession Could Blow Up Financial Markets


How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan

Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide by Alex Reinhart

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