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The Fed's Inflation Creation Destroys Any "Benefits" of Its Policy

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The Fed’s let the inflation genie out of the box. It’s not going to show up in the CPI because US Government changes the CPI regularly to underplay the threat of inflation. However, if you look at what’s happening in the real economy with corporations, all of the warning signs area already there.

 

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. higher food costs to dampen fourth-quarter earnings, despite continued strength in its underlying sales trends.

 

The Denver burrito chain, which has about 1,350 locations in the U.S., has been looking for ways to boost its customer traffic growth, which began tapering off last spring.

 

"While food costs driven by underlying inflation increased faster than expected in the fourth quarter, we're optimistic that food inflation will level off in 2013," said co-Chief Executive Monty Moran.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323468604578246201531551498.html

 

Xstrata plc, the Swiss mining company, which is subject of a $US33 billion ($A32.4 billion) takeover by Glencore International, said 2012 profit plunged 37 per cent on weaker commodity prices and higher costs.

 

Net income, excluding exceptional items, such as impairment charges, fell to $US3.65 billion from $US5.79 billion a year earlier, the company said. Sales at the world's largest exporter of power-station coal slid 7 per cent to $US31.6 billion.

 

''The combined impact of falling commodity prices, ongoing inflationary pressure on operating costs and continued strong producer currencies relative to the US dollar put pressure on our margins,'' chief executive officer Mick Davis said in the statement

 

http://www.theage.com.au/business/commodity-prices-and-rising-costs-push-xstrata-profits-down-37-per-cent-20130305-2fj3y.html

 

LOWER PROFIT: Fourth-quarter net income at Southwest Airlines Co. fell by nearly half, to $78 million. Adjusted profit still beat analysts' expectations, however.

 

HIGHER COSTS: Earnings were pulled down by increases in the cost of labor, maintenance and fuel. Expenses rose faster than revenue.

 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/news-summary-costs-cut-southwests-4q-profit

 

The key point here is that inflation is already present in the financial system no matter what the Fed admits. This situation is only going to worsen. Indeed, you consider that costs are rising at the precise time that incomes are falling, you have a recipe for serious economic contraction:

 

U.S. incomes fell the most in two decades in January as higher tax rates kicked in, though American consumers opted to cut back on savings.

 

Personal incomes dropped 3.6% in January, the Commerce Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires expected a 2.5% decline.

 

The decline more than reversed big gains in December, when companies accelerated payouts of dividends and bonuses ahead of January tax increases. Many economists expect incomes to resume their slow growth after a bumpy couple of months.

 

Generally, if Americans have less money in their pockets they spend less on goods and services. But personal-consumption expenditures, which measure purchases ranging from cars and clothes to health care and travel, rose 0.2% in January, in line with economists' expectations. Consumers cut back on big-ticket items but spent more on services.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323978104578333961864183212.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

 

Indeed, Bernanke’s “wealth” effect for the markets has been totally negated by the fact that households are selling their retirement to make ends meet:

 

One in four Americans is raiding their meager retirement savings to pay their monthly bills, according to a new study.

 

When Amy Shankland's husband, John, was laid off from his job, they tapped into their IRAs to get by. With credit card debt, big medical expenses, two young sons, the Shanklands had few options.

 

"We didn't know what to do. It was either bankruptcy or cash in our IRAs," Amy Shankland told NBC News.

 

The Shanklands are not alone. Americans are borrowing against their 401(k) to pay for non-retirement needs such as mortgages, credit card debt or college tuition, according to a new study from financial advisory firm HelloWallet. That amounts for more than $70 billion in annual withdrawals.

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/more-americans-raiding-401-k-s-pay-bills-1B7989986

 

 

All of this indicates that we are heaving into another massive economic contraction. Against this backdrop, stocks have formed a bubble. We all know how this will end. But most investors are ignoring all of the warning signs and buying stocks like there’s no tomorrow.

 

This will end very badly. The Fed has set the stage for another Crash. And this time around its hands will be tied as it has used up all of its tools just creating this bubble.

 

With that in mind, smart investors are taking advantage of the lull in the markets to position themselves for what’s coming.

 

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Best

 

Phoenix Capital Research

 

 

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Thu, 03/14/2013 - 11:44 | 3329630 White Horse of ...
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Decades of being lied to, Decades of being bribed, and Decades of misinformation. When it all comes down, it will be the citizens fault. So who will everyone believe? The people that saw what was coming and warned everyone or the same people that caused the mess for there own benefit?  My choice is they will blame the first one, because people always blame the canary when the mine caves in. Don't they?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Z0H8CHPIU

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 19:16 | 3327894 akak
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"Constant long term inflation-adjusted prices prove that there is no inflation".

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 20:03 | 3328037 TheFourthStooge-ing
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"Yep, it is well known.

Before the rise of 'americans', everyone was an 'american'."

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:42 | 3327810 working class dog
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the markets will rise until bernank stops handing the banksters 85 billion at a time.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 17:54 | 3327711 tony bonn
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"...we're optimistic that food inflation will level off in 2013...'

mr moran should change the a to an o......

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:17 | 3326372 Ocean22
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You can't eat paper either.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:09 | 3326146 God Bless The V...
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Excuse me sir but you cant eat gold and it does get heavy carrying around trying to barter for food!

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 10:50 | 3329460 tarsubil
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I'll take it off your hands for free. No questions asked.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:34 | 3326032 the grateful un...
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gold has pricing power bitchez, burritos not so much

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