March 24, 2017
Why does the Fed aim for 2 percent
inflation over time?
Reserve System (Fed) judges that inflation at the rate of 2 percent (as
measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption
expenditures (PCE) is most consistent over the longest run with the Fed’s
mandate for price stability and maximum employment.
what does this targeted 2 percent inflation mean for the lifetime of the US
the targeted 2 percent inflation works out as follows:
consequence of the targeted 2 percent inflation is that the lifetime of the US
dollar ends after 35 year, if the target is realized. Then there is no
purchasing power left.
about the other dominant central banks?
European Central Bank (ECB) the price stability is defined as a year-on-year
increase in the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) for the euro area of
below 2 percent.
The Bank of
Japan (BoJ) set the price stability target at 2 percent in terms of the
year-on-year rate of change in the consumer price index (CPI) in January 2013.
Bank of England (BoE) the price stability is defined by the inflation target of
2 percent, also based on the CPI.
Bank of China around
of Russia 4
National Bank <
Bank of Republic
of Turkey 5 % +/- 2 %
consequence of the targeted inflation is that the lifetime of the most dominant
world currencies ends after 35 years, if the target is realized.
Then there is
no purchasing power left.
Nico Simons is a Dutch investigative journalist on financial issues, especially monetary issues. His articles are regularly published on MoneyInsights.org.
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