Monday, April 06, 2009

Ben Bernanke's Big Inflation Gamble

It should be clear by now that deflation has everyone, world wide, scared to death. You can look at the charts on this site that show the massive increase in money supply, the Federal Reserve Balance sheet, and just about everything government.
I am old enough to remember the monster inflation of the late 70s and early 80s. Younger people might find it hard to believe that short term interest rates rose above 20 percent, and a the 30 year Treasury yielded more than 15 percent. 
Imagine being able to buy a million dollars worth of treasuries for less than $15,000. You could have bought a zero coupon treasury for that low price and had your million in the bank. 
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