The Case for Continued Deflation

After Marc Faber said he gives a 100% guarantee that we’ll have hyperinflation, and many other commentators singing from the runaway inflation songsheet as well, I have been waiting to see Mish’s counter-argument for continuing deflation.

Without even using the word, Mish has provided pretty stunning evidence for deflation at least in the short-term. Specifically, here is the first paragraph of an article entitled “Benefit Spending Hits $2 Trillion, Highest Percent Since 1929; One Dollar Out of Every Six From Vouchers:

As economic conditions deteriorate and unemployment continues to soar, one in nine Americans are now on food stamps. Moreover, a staggering one of every six dollars of Americans’ income is now coming in the form of a federal or state check or voucher.


Note: I believe we will eventually have hyperinflation, and even Mish doesn’t discount the possibility. Just not yet.

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  • Ravi Batra believes there will be inflation not hyperinflation and I believe that it will mostly depend on the value of the dollar. Since we import such a large percentage of everything including food , if the dollar sinks as lots think and looses reserve status prices of necessity things like food will go much higher.The result of all this is a return to food and some manufacturing returning to this country.

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  • Here is another argument against hyperinflation. David Rosenberg (w/ comments from Zero Hedge's Tyler Durden) put it beautifully: