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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]
posted by PMdixon on Sep 7, 2014 - 3 answers

How do you compare profits to loss due to inflation?

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]
posted by brenton on Aug 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Will college costs keep growing faster than inflation in the U.S.?

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.
posted by Area Man on Dec 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Beating Inflation

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?
posted by archagon on May 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Percentage Calculation

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]
posted by jontyjago on Oct 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Why are slowly increasing prices considered stability?

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]
posted by mary8nne on Oct 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Super Inflation

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?
posted by dave99 on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

A little help on a statistics paper on inflation, in German.

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]
posted by elpapacito on Jan 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I find historic prices?

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]
posted by 92_elements on Dec 11, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I figure out what the cost of living increase has been in my area over the past year?

How do I find out the cost of living increase in my region? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Backwards inflation calculator?

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?
posted by thewalrus on Nov 28, 2011 - 8 answers

How much would a popular English-language book cost a person living in the 1700s?

How much would a popular English-language book cost a person living in the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Sep 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Things really do cost more, don't they?

Looking for a certain Newsweek chart and other articles about the same topic (cost of living in the US). [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Sep 7, 2011 - 4 answers

I'll gladly pay you Tuesday

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]
posted by roboton666 on Aug 28, 2011 - 29 answers

Hyperdeflation

Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 23, 2011 - 8 answers

How much does milk cost anyway?

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]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt on Apr 29, 2011 - 21 answers

How to move past feeling like a shitty teacher

I feel awful. I adjusted my grading practices and now I have all these emails from angry students. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 65 answers

Spend or Save?

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]
posted by woodblock100 on Dec 27, 2009 - 23 answers

Deflated by inflation

[Economics101Filter] How is it that the cost of living can go up, but salaries stay the same? Economics n00b questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 27 answers

Protecting against USD devaluation.

Good ways for a US citizen to protect their long-term savings against US dollar devaluation? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 16, 2009 - 10 answers

What are the effects of high inflation and high interest rates on an economy?

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]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Fire-and-Forget Investment Advice

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]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Inflation forever?

[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]
posted by thekiltedwonder on Mar 25, 2009 - 11 answers

How can the Fed Destroy Money It Created?

[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]
posted by Pastabagel on Mar 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Do inflation cancel my loan interest?

Will my student loan interest rate and the rate of inflation cancel one another out? [more inside]
posted by delosic on Mar 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Betting on Inflation

What are some investment strategies that would protect against and profit from (hyper)inflation? [more inside]
posted by Wallzatcha on Feb 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Swiss bank accounts 101, or something different?

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]
posted by xanthippe on Oct 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Solving the hyper-inflation problem in Zimbabwe

What some possible solutions for the humongous inflation affecting Zimbabwe's economy?
posted by dcrocha on Sep 16, 2008 - 14 answers

The Price of Nuts Drives Me Nuts

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.
posted by Xurando on Sep 16, 2008 - 12 answers

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]
posted by diogenes on Jul 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Grocery Shrink Ray and Inflation

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.
posted by punkfloyd on Jul 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Inflation Hits Parmigiano Reggiano; Film At Eleven

Is there an American-made product comparable to parmigiano reggiano? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo on Jun 13, 2008 - 19 answers

A year ago, gas was 2.70/gallon

My salary increase is less than inflation. I'm making less than the previous year for two years in a row now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2008 - 22 answers

Accuracy (or lack thereof) in the yen-to-dollar rate.

Is the Land of the Rising Sun still expensive? Expats (recent and current) and erstwhile tourists, chime in. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Apr 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Dollars for Moldovanians!

Why don't small countries use the dollar or the euro in place of their own currency? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Dec 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Wait, this was only 30 santims last week!

How do I, alone, financially cope with high inflation and an overheated economy? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Dec 13, 2007 - 8 answers

a) HTML annotation via footnote/link back; b) 19th-century exchange/inflation-adjusted rates

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]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Nov 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Thick bloke asks worlds hardest question on macroeconomics

Interest rates and Inflation, does anyone actually understand it? [more inside]
posted by complience on Mar 21, 2007 - 26 answers

Do stocks track inflation?

Do stocks naturally track inflation? [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Jan 24, 2007 - 9 answers

20 bucks a day

How much does $98 in 1948 dollars (US) equal in 2006 dollars? [more inside]
posted by Marla Singer on Aug 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Is there a clearinghouse for price information by region in the U.S.?

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]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 23, 2006 - 4 answers

Dollars on sale, what should we do?

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?
posted by dy on May 9, 2006 - 19 answers

Is law school a safe bet?

Is now as good a time as any to assume massive debt to attend law school? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on May 3, 2006 - 17 answers

Retail/Consumer Price Index Comparison

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]
posted by Chunder on Dec 12, 2005 - 3 answers

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