My Comments: To my mind, inflation is an existential threat when it routinely exceeds a certain percentage as defined annually. The challenge is to effectively define what is included in the measurement of cost increases and then to apply the resulting number to those who are affected.
Those range at one end from those living on a fixed income where price increases become more than existential in terms of their ability to stay alive, to those on the other end, folks whose livelihood are not threatened at all. Think high level earners on commission. (Or perhaps those guys who just elevated themselves into space.)
Inflation has been with us for centuries, if not longer. But since I’m now an old person, seeing a 50 year old advertisement for a remembered restaurant I used to visit, featuring “a sizzling 12oz. sirloin steak”, priced at $1.75 to include a salad and a baked potato, suggests prices have really gone up.
For most of my life, I found a way to increase my income, but at this stage in my life, my fear is outliving my money supply. Investing for the long haul is no longer a realistic option. At what point will I be ready to die?
by Scott Minerd \ July 14, 2021 \ https://tinyurl.com/t75rd8
June’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) again surprised to the upside, adding fuel to headline-writers’ panic about inflation spikes and market speculation that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will need to act soon to rein in prices. We are not nearly as concerned.
The upside surprise, while sizeable, continues to be driven by a few small categories seeing outsized price increases. 64 of the 88 basis point month-over-month increase in core CPI was due to new and used autos, car rentals, hotels, and airfare. By far the largest driver among those categories was used car prices, which grew 10.5 percent over the month and contributed 42 basis points to the month-over-month core CPI print, despite having a weight of just 4 percent in the core CPI basket. This is not the picture of widespread, runaway inflation.