The US has been lying to all of us for decades now.
We’re not talking about some kooky conspiracy theory… we’re talking about INFLATION.
By understating inflation, the Federal Government and Federal Reserve have done two things:
1) Exaggerated our economic growth.
2) Lied about the true cost of living in the US.
Regarding #1, every time the US prints GDP growth numbers, it adjusts this data for inflation. The reason for this is that if the economy grows at 10%, but prices also rise at 10%, then there really hasn’t been any actual growth.
To deal with this, the US adjusts its GDP measures for inflation to make it appear as f they’re objective. The only problem is that the US adjusts GDP using a phony inflation number that is much lower than reality.
A great example is last quarter when we were told that the GDP grew at an annual rate of 0.1%. The reality is that if you used realistic inflationary measures, the US economy SHRANK at a rate of over -1% last quarter. Yes, negative 1%. The worst GDP print since 2009.
The same lie has been extended to the US population about our standard of living.
For decades now we’ve been told that we were getting wealthier because incomes were growing and asset prices like stocks and real estate were rising.
However, the reality is that inflation was the source for much of this “growth.” The US Dollar has lost nearly 20% of its value in the last decade. The end result is all of us are paying much more for EVERYTHING. But we’re being told that we’re actually richer because incomes are up
This is why understating inflation is a HUGE LIE: it is a lie to all of us that our living standards are improving when in fact they’re not.
And the media is FINALLY beginning to report on it.
Those who know the price of everything and the value of nothing are said to be cynics. Americans can be forgiven for being a bit cynical, though, when it comes to prices. Their own cost of living rarely seems to be as low as official statistics claim it is.
Friday’s consumer-price index for February is seen rising 0.2% month on month, excluding volatile food and energy costs. That would bring the year-on-year pace to 2%.
A change to the inflation-measuring process 30 years ago by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Uncle Sam’s arbiter of prices, is starting to raise eyebrows again. Since 1983, house prices haven’t been part of the consumer-price index. Instead, the BLS calculates “owners’ equivalent rent,” a mix of actual rents and what homeowners guess their homes would fetch if rented.
Look around you. The cost of everything is increasing dramatically. Gas prices are UP. Home prices are UP. Healthcare costs are UP. Energy prices area UP. Everything you need to survive is UP.
Forget the Fed’s CPI measure. Inflation is here now. And things are only going to be getting worse going forward. History has shown us countless times that you cannot print money without prices soaring. There is not one single instance in which currency devaluation has not done this. And the US Federal Reserve is now printing $84 billion every single month.
What effect do you think this will have on the cost of everything? Yes, everything will be going up even MORE.
Make no mistake, now is the time to be preparing yourself and your portfolio for this. Inflation can take its time to arrive. But once it does… things move very very quickly.
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