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(From Cafayate, Argentina) There are some who worry whether the path that Argentina has taken to monetary ruin on multiple occasions (and that it seems intent on taking again) is one that the US may also find itself on. That worry has crossed my mind a few times, I must confess. Today we will look at Argentina more in depth. From a monetary perspective, it deserves attention. And once again there will be opportunity.

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By: Fred_SheehanThis isn't right. This isn't even wrong" ~ Wolfgang Pauli, Cambridge University physicist, attempting to read a colleague's paper.60 MINUTES: "Can you act quickly enough to prevent inflation from getting out of control?"BERNANKE: "We could raise interest rates in 15 minutes if we have to. So, there really is no problem with raising rates, tightening monetary policy, slowing the economy, reducing inflation, at the appropriate time. Now, that time is not now."


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" your family budgets never seem to work out as planned?" asked Harry Browne in his 1970 best-seller, How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation .


The anthropology of unequal society

By: Captain_HookDemand destruction refers to the effect of a rising price on a good, service, or commodity, where a rising price has the increasing effect of curbing demand. Central planners live under the assumption the above condition set applies to commodities within current circumstances, which we categorize as quasi-hyperinflationary times at present. Here, the understanding is aside for definitional purposes; along with recognizing growth rates have been contracting in the States, and nowhere near what could be even be considered high levels, the theory is lags associated with accelerated gains witnessed previously are still working through the system sufficiently to export reactionary inflation in emerging markets that reside on the of potential hyperinflationary conditions.

The world is careening towards an inflationary shock.

By: Joseph_BrusuelasOver the past fortnight Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has engaged in “open mouth operations” to shape market expectations regarding future monetary policy out of the US Federal Reserve. Mr. Bernanke rhetorically intervened in the global currency markets to prop up a beleaguered dollar, explicitly expressed unease over the current course of inflation and signaled that the Fed would not tolerate a breakout of inflation expectations. Not bad, for a Fed Chairman fighting multiple crisis on multiple fronts.

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By: John_MauldinThis week in Outside the Box we look at Bill Gross's recent essay on measuring inflation. How you measure inflation makes a difference not only in social security payments but also in what your real returns on bonds are. As Bill notes, there is a significant difference in how the world measures inflation and how it is done in the US. He gives us some insights that are very thought-provoking. In the last decade economists regularly argued the CPI over-stated inflation by 1%. Now Gross suggests that it may understate inflation by 1%. This week's OTB makes for very interesting reading. Bill Gross is managing director of PIMCO. ()

One-man-rule closes the circle.

SURELY the 20th CENTURY'S greatest marketing coup – besides making cigarettes taste of freedom and youth rather than the Sandakan death-march – was kidding the world that "inflation" meant rising prices.