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Myth #3 Governments are sole source of inflation.
Governments inflate their currencies. However, they aren't sole source of inflation. In fact, they aren't primary source of inflation. Credit is a more potent factor in supplying cash to consumers to buy products, thereby adding to demand and this price appreciation. Beyond credit, there are assorted financial instruments that add worthless paper to economic system. The most dangerous of these paper instruments are derivatives. The economic force that overcame Dark Ages was lending. The lenders increased money supply and allowed city entrepreneurs to go into business and sell more products and services. The Renaissance resulted and evolved into Industrial Revolution. By 19th Century, we saw rise of Western Technological Society. After WWII, Bank of America introduced plastic money. By way, plastic has no more intrinsic value than paper or gold, but public readily accepted it. Visa's success meant introduction of Mastercard and American Express card. Today, we have as much plastic money as paper money in world. Also, inflation is result of supply and demand. The reason that oil is $60/barrel relates to fact that demand for oil has radically increased in past decade in places like People's Republic of China and India. Meanwhile, known reserves appear relatively fixed and are expected to decline in next decade. The result is higher gas prices. Prior to being caught in supply/demand vise, oil prices moved up more slowly than overall U.S. inflation rate.
#4 Inflation will destroy World Economy.
Inflation will eventually lead to a financial crisis. There is always risk that public will lose confidence in U.S. Dollar. An inflationary financial crisis is unlikely to lead to an economic crisis. The Government is well aware of risks of continue inflation and would quickly move to avert a Depression. The Underground Economy is growing and a collapse of Dollar would send millions of Americans into it. In fact, Underground Economy is a greater risk to Washington than potential that public will realize dollar is intrinsically worthless. As with Continental and Greenback dollars, Government would issue a new currency. Since it's in public interest to not ask too many questions about new currency's intrinsic value, this currency would be quickly accepted and inflationary game could be started again.
#5 Invest Conservatively During Inflationary Periods.
You can't beat system by accepting financial illusion that more dollars that buy less are a safe investment. You need to find relatively low risk investments that pay well enough to offset inflation and give you a net gain in buying power. I'm aware of one and I'm sure there are many more. Take time to get past hype and find these investments.
If you can pay your debts until there is an inflationary crisis, you will be a winner in inflationary game. The winners of Weimar Republic hyperinflation after WWI were those who borrowed Marks and repaid them when mark was worth nothing. The problem is maintaining your debt load until everyone agrees that paper dollar is worthless. Borrowing is financially beneficial. Too much borrowing can be fatal to your short-term future.
In our world, nothing is as it seems. Look beyond puppet show and find reality. If you fail to do so, you could find yourself and your family dinning in a soup kitchen in a few years.
He has been the Managing Director of Beowulf Investments [http://home.earthlink.net/~beowulfinvestments/] since 1981 and is the Executive Director of the Global Village Investment Club [http://home.earthlink.net/~beowulfinvestments/globalvillageinvestmentclubwelcome/]