The inflation debate

The inflation debate among mainstream economists rages on.  Is the accelerating and high inflation rate of commodities here to stay for some time and or is ‘transitory’ and will soon subside?  Do central banks need to act fast and firmly to ‘tighten’ monetary policy (ie cut back on injection credit into banks through purchases of […]

The inflation debate

Fallen angels

In several previous posts, I have highlighted what are called ‘zombie’ companies (companies whose regular profits do not even cover the cost of servicing their outstanding debts) and so must, to paraphrase former BoE governor Mark Carney, depend on the kindness of their creditors”. An OECD study found that such zombies take up a frighteningly […]

Fallen angels

Inflation: supply or demand?

The debate among economists continues on whether the recent hike in inflation rates in the major economies is due to a ‘supply shock’ or ‘pent-up consumer demand’; and related to that, whether the inflation rise will be ‘transient’ or ‘permanent’. Supply or demand?  If prices rise, is it because supply is not rising ‘enough’ or […]

Inflation: supply or demand?

The Fed, interest rates and stagflation

“The economy has made progress toward employment and inflation goals and if progress continues broadly as expected, a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted”, the US Federal Reserve officials said in their September monetary policy statement. The Fed also signalled interest-rate increases may follow more quickly than expected, with 9 […]

The Fed, interest rates and stagflation