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Rampant Inflation In 2011? The Monetary Base Is Exploding

Up to this point this dramatic expansion of the U.S. monetary base has not caused that much inflation because U.S. government borrowing has soaked most of it up and U.S. banks have been hoarding cash and have been building up their reserves. However, this situation will not last forever. Eventually all this cash will make its way through the food chain and into the hands of U.S. consumers. But what is even more troubling is the dramatic spike in commodity prices that we have seen in 2010. Wheat futures have surged 63 percent since the month of June. Wheat has recently been selling well above 7 dollars a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. But wheat is far from alone. In his recent column entitled "An Inflationary Cocktail In The Making", Richard Benson listed many of the other commodities that have seen extraordinary price increases over the past year.... *Agricultural Raw Materials: 24% *Industrial Inputs Index: 25% *Metals Price Index: 26% *Coffee: 45% *Barley: 32% *Oranges: 35% *Beef: 23% *Pork: 68% *Salmon: 30% *Sugar: 24% *Wool: 20% *Cotton: 40% *Palm Oil: 26% *Hides: 25% *Rubber: 62% *Iron Ore: 103%

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