My father swears that at some point during the Carter Administration, President Carter instituted a national wage freeze, such that no employer, public or private, was permitted to give any employee a raise, supposedly to put the brakes on inflation. He further claims that this had happened to him in whatever year it was, causing family hardship. He was working in construction for a private company at that time. What, if anything, is he actually remembering? [more inside]
I want to read a book about the sociohistory of inflation: something like Graeber's Debt is the closest analog that comes to mind, tho probably a poor one. Does such exist? [more inside]
I'm trying to compare the compounded losses due to inflation to non-compounded profits. E.g. if inflation makes me lose 3% of an investment each year, what % would I need to profit each year in order to exactly keep up? This is tricky because the profit is not compounded the way inflation is. I'm not looking for an answer to this specific question, but rather, looking for a tool or method to do this kind of math. [more inside]
I'm trying to do some long-term financial planning for my family. I need to decide how much to put in college savings plans. From what I read, College tuition in the U.S. has been increasing faster than inflation for at least the last 30 years. Does anyone have a sense of what's going on inside educational institutions and in State legislatures? Do you have any information suggesting that some efforts are being made to reduce costs or at least limit increases? I've looked at some projections of what tuition, fees, and room and board might be in 10-16 years and I don't see how I will ever be able to send my kids to college if we see the 4-5% annual increases that have been common over the last decades.
I don't have a lot of debt or expenses, so my income keeps piling up in my checking account. Unfortunately, I don't know much about finance or investment. I want to make sure that I don't lose money year over year because of inflation, but pretty much all the CDs and savings accounts I've seen have an APY lower than the inflation rate (which is >= 1.5% according to various websites). I don't care about playing the stock market; all I want is to avoid losing my money through inaction. How do people in this situation keep up with inflation while at the same time minimizing their financial risk?
I know the price of something now and what the price was 2 years ago - how do I calculate that as an annual percentage increase? [more inside]
Why do most central banks target a small non-zero inflation rate rather than zero? - Bank of England target is 2% CPI - European Central Bank HICP target is "less than 2%" - US Federal Reserve target is 2% Why don't they all target zero if the ultimate aim of policy is actually "Price Stability" as most officially state. [more inside]
Why did inflation increase so dramatically in most Western economies in 1975? Why did inflation remain at 10-15% levels around the world through the recessions of the late 1970s and only return to "normal" 3-5% levels in the 1983 recession?
I am looking for a little translation help on an inflation statistics paper in German language (look in more inside for the link). This official paper is quite interesting for students of statistics and social students interested in perceived cost of living vs actual cost of living, in Europe as well as in any other country, as it allegedly shows that indeed there were some excessive rouding of prices during the conversion to euro in Germany. [more inside]
Planning to use inflation as a way to show my maths students where percentages are used. I've found a load of inflation calculators online. (E.g. from this thread). But what I would really like, is a comparison of the price of different goods over the past decade or so. Well known brands would be better, e.g. can of coke, can of heinz beans, Kellogg's cornflakes. UK prices if possible. [more inside]
How do I find out the cost of living increase in my region? [more inside]
I'm looking for an accurate inflation calculator that will tell me how much a certain sum in today's dollars would be worth in any particular year over the past 30 years. For example, if I have $1000.00 USD today, what would be the equivalent monetary value in 1982? Or 1993?
How much would a popular English-language book cost a person living in the 1700s? [more inside]
Looking for a certain Newsweek chart and other articles about the same topic (cost of living in the US). [more inside]
This Debt thread over the MeFi has me wondering: Am I completely off the mark to believe that easy access to cheap credit fuels inflation? [more inside]
Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
Why has the cost of milk gone up so rapidly, proportionally speaking? Five weeks ago, I could find milk for $2 a gallon; yesterday, the cheapest I found was $2.49 a gallon at Costco, and that was only if you bought two gallons at once. Everywhere else it's been higher - I even saw a store selling whole milk at $3.99 a gallon! This is just milk. Nothing premium or otherwise meant to raise the price point about it. Other dairy products have gone up in cost, too, but not so drastically (that I've noticed). [more inside]
I feel awful. I adjusted my grading practices and now I have all these emails from angry students. [more inside]
With hundreds of years of accumulated data on how economies 'work' available for analysis, how is it possible that it is still unclear (it seems) whether or not - and to what extent - a government should boost an economy that is in a slowdown? [more inside]
[Economics101Filter] How is it that the cost of living can go up, but salaries stay the same? Economics n00b questions inside. [more inside]
Good ways for a US citizen to protect their long-term savings against US dollar devaluation? [more inside]
Economicsfilter: How do mortgages work in developing countries with high rates of inflation and high interest rates? For example, Pakistan has a 20% inflation rate and the average fixed term prime residential mortgage for people with good credit is priced at 17%. What are the effects of this on a market? [more inside]
Seeking fire-and-forget asset class investment advice for retirement: TIPS? Global Equities Index/Wilshire 5000? I know this is mildly controversial, but it seems like the 'common sense' approach has changed lately from "stocks for the long run" to "risk = loss." See especially here. [more inside]
[EconomicsFilter] Deflation is evil... or so everyone in government and main stream media says. The government has an obvious conflict of interest in this instance (inflation is essentially a hidden tax) and I'm unimpressed with the main stream media's coverage of monetary policy. What's the real deal? [more inside]
[MonetaryPolicyFilter] In relation to the Fed's huge injection of money yesterday, please explain to me how, if at all, the Federal Reserve can destroy money on its balance sheet in a way that offsets the inflation that normally would result. [more inside]
Will my student loan interest rate and the rate of inflation cancel one another out? [more inside]
What are some investment strategies that would protect against and profit from (hyper)inflation? [more inside]
Where should I keep my money (to protect it from the US economy)? I'm American and it's in US$, but I don't live there and don't have any good reason to keep it there. [more inside]
What some possible solutions for the humongous inflation affecting Zimbabwe's economy?
Anyone know why walnuts are so expensive right now? I went to my local healthy store today and non-organic walnuts are now $9.50 a pound. Are speculators involved? I could have sworn six months ago the price was under $5.00.
What options are there for a low-risk hedge against inflation if I believe that Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) aren't working?
What options are there for a low-risk hedge against inflation if I believe that Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) aren't working? [more inside]
When inflation is measured, do economists take into account the shrinking size/quantity/volume of consumer products? Like when Pampers stay the same price, but each box contains fewer diapers thanks to the Grocery Shrink Ray.
Is there an American-made product comparable to parmigiano reggiano? [more inside]
My salary increase is less than inflation. I'm making less than the previous year for two years in a row now. [more inside]
Is the Land of the Rising Sun still expensive? Expats (recent and current) and erstwhile tourists, chime in. [more inside]
Why don't small countries use the dollar or the euro in place of their own currency? [more inside]
How do I, alone, financially cope with high inflation and an overheated economy? [more inside]
Posted for sushiwiththejury: I have to annotate some texts from the 19th century. The final product must be an HTML-only webpage. I have two major issues: [more inside]
Interest rates and Inflation, does anyone actually understand it? [more inside]
Do stocks naturally track inflation? [more inside]
How much does $98 in 1948 dollars (US) equal in 2006 dollars? [more inside]
I want to compare the prices of common consumer commodities over time within a specific region of the U.S. Is there any clearinghouse for this information? [more inside]
There have been numerous articles lately that the US dollar will lose its value a big time pretty soon, given the fact of our huge trade deficit and over spending. check this article If the US dollar will be on sale soon, I'm wondering if I should still contribute $ to my 401K for retirement. I'm no where near retirement age. But what's the point of saving for retirement, while the value of the saving is going down, faster than inflation? What would you do otherwise for your retirement?
Is now as good a time as any to assume massive debt to attend law school? [more inside]
My government produces a monthly breakdown of the RPI - I'd like to find other countries that provide the same level of information. [more inside]