Daily Column – 10th November 2021

Inflation claimed it only needed a place to rest while it regained its footing, but it has now officially relocated to the area.

Consumer prices soared higher than predicted this month, rising 6.2 percent on an annual basis, marking the largest increase in over 3 decades, according to data released yesterday by the Labor Department.

Even the most basic of expenses such as petrol and breakfast are becoming more expensive:

Fuel oil prices increased by 12.3 percent last month, bringing them to a total of 59.1 percent more than they were at this time last year.
Meat, fish, poultry, and eggs had a 1.7 percent increase in price last month, bringing the year-to-date increase to 11.9 percent. 
Having said all that, there is some good news! Though only for those contemplating a trip to Miami or Las Vegas: the cost of alcoholic beverages and airline tickets has decreased.

How did we get to this point? Briefly stated, the economic recovery following the pandemic resulted in a variety of disruptions, including labour shortages and supply chain bottlenecks, all of which have contributed to the rise in commodity prices over the past year.

This is increasingly being raised as a political concern.

Many Americans are becoming concerned about inflation, which has now risen beyond 5 percent for five consecutive months. They are looking to legislators for answers to their concerns.

Officials are also dissatisfied because inflation was intended to be a summer flirtation rather than a long-term commitment. Charles Evans, president of the Chicago Fed, admitted this week that he had anticipated to see greater progress by now.

The Federal Reserve now anticipates that inflation will continue to rise far into next year, which has strengthened its intention to raise interest rates and slow the economy. It has already said that it will scale back its monthly bond purchases, which helped to keep markets afloat during the pandemic.

Extend your view: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reiterated on Tuesday that officials will not allow inflation to spiral out of control in the same way that it did during the 1970s and 1980s decades. “That is not happening at this time, and the Federal Reserve would not allow that to happen,” she explained. However, it is currently being put to the test.

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