The Fed’s Been Lying to Us About Inflation; It’s Frighteningly High

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Even by the deeply flawed and misleading Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation is at the U.S. Federal Reserve’s target. By other measures that more accurately portray inflation, it is well above target.

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The Fed will not be deterred from continuing to tighten, continuing to remove money from the system, just because of the silliness that “CPI missed expectations.”

It’s still at least 2%… and it’s heating up.

Furthermore, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as the Fed raises the federal funds rate target, it will only stimulate more inflation. The Fed will always be behind the curve, because the Fed is always back there pushing the curve ahead.

Every time it raises the federal funds target rate, the Fed signals to the decision makers in the U.S. economy that it expects more inflation, and consumers and businesses behave accordingly. I showed you the history of that a couple of weeks ago; the charts don’t lie.

And the fact is that we really have more – much more – inflation than they’re telling us.

This isn’t a mistake, it’s not a miscalculation.

Rather, it’s a deliberate obfuscation, and today, I’m going to show you exactly what the Fed leaves out (and what that means for you)…

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I’ve been publishing The Wall Street Examiner and its predecessor since October 2000. I also publish LiquidityTrader.com, and was lead analyst for Sure Money Investor. I developed David Stockman's Contra Corner for Mr. Stockman. I’ve had a wide variety of finance related jobs since 1972, including a stint on Wall Street in both analytical and sales capacities. Prior to starting the Wall Street Examiner I worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in Florida for 15 years. I also worked in the residential mortgage and real estate businesses in parts of the 1970s and 80s. I have been charting stocks and markets and doing analytical work since I was a teenager. My perspective is not of the Ivory Tower. It is from having my boots on the ground and in the trenches of the industries that I analyze and write about today. 

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