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torsdag 7. november 2013

Peter Schiff om USAs eksport av inflasjon

Her er et utdrag fra Peter Schiff og Euro Pacifics siste investorbrev. Schiff beskriver hva han mener med at USA eksporterer inflasjon. For mange er nok det han skriver her opplysende for å forstå hvor penger tar veien når et land handler med et annet land.
I've been an outspoken critic of this official data for years. Over the course of my career, I have witnessed the government dramatically change the way it calculates inflation, GDP, and other statistics. While Washington's latest figures show a year-over-year CPI increase of just 1.2%, the private service ShadowStats, which recalculates the data along the lines that the government used to, finds that real consumer inflation is closer to 9%.

My guess is the true number lies somewhere in between, but that it would be much higher were the US not able to export much of its inflation abroad. The process works as follows: the Fed prints money (inflation) and uses it to buy Treasuries and mortgages. The government and banks, in turn, pass much of that money to consumers, who spend it on imported goods. The money then flows to foreign manufacturers of those products, who then sell it to their own central banks, who print their own currencies (inflation) to buy it. This money goes out to pay wages, rents, etc., which the recipients then spend on goods & services. Finally, the foreign central banks use the dollars they buy to purchase US Treasuries and mortgages, starting the cycle again.

It's a complicated relationship, but the end result is that inflation created in the US ultimately bids up consumer prices abroad and Treasury prices at home. In other words, our trading partners have to pay much more for goods & services while Americans get to borrow limitless money for next to nothing. The products our trading partners "sell" us increase the supply of goods available to American consumers while simultaneously decreasing the supply available to everyone else. That is what I mean by "exporting inflation," and the important thing to remember is that its result is to mask inflation at home and transfer wealth from emerging markets to the US

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