Attention Inflationistas: You Are 3 Years Too Late

All the inflationistas – and hyper-inflationistas: You missed your window. Inflation was running rampant during 2001-07, and you somehow seemed to overlook that. 

Now, inflation is running at its lowest levels in half a century, and its all you eejits can talk about.

Bloomberg:

“Inflation is also lower than the policy makers’ long-term forecast. The Fed’s preferred price gauge, which is tied to consumer spending and strips out food and energy costs, rose at a 0.5 percent annual pace, the slowest since record-keeping began in 1959, today’s report showed. In their statement last week, Fed officials said inflation measures “have continued to trend downward.”

I hate the core level as a measure of inflation; There is no reason to strip out Food & Energy just because they are volatile.

But keep in mind — the biggest ingredient by cost in a box of Corn Flakes ain’t corn — (not cardboard for the box) it is labor. This is true for many processed products — including food — the biggest input costs are labor.

Consider that as you fight the inflation tape: >

1913-2010 CPI

Click for ginormous charts

Inflation-1913-20101.gif Chart via Economagic

2001-10 CPI

CPI-2001-20101.gif Chart via Economagic


Originally published at The Big Picture and reproduced here with permission.