"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat

Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Food Inflation back in the News

Reuters is carrying an article discussing the rising cost of food ( By the way, the US monetary authorities all tell us that is not true as their parrots have trained them to repeat the words. "there is no inflation; inflation is subdued") in an article that I have linked to.

Eric King and I have been discussing this on our recent KWN Weekly Metals Wrap interviews but it seems to have gone unnoticed by many in the financial press until now.

While the Continuous Commodity Index ( CCI ) has been moving lower again, this is more a function of the outflow of hedge fund money from the sector as they jam into the equity markets, the obedient lapdogs of the Fed that they are. The rest of them have been too busy getting whipsawed to death in the commodity markets.

With current stocks of both corn and soybeans tight, and energy costs remaining stubbornly high, it was just a matter of time before those at the final end of the pipeline had no choice but to pass on those costs to the consumer if they wished to remain in business.

Keep in mind that high gasoline and diesel prices impact the cost of food from a transportation viewpoint ( trucking them to market ) and from a planting point of view ( running tractors and other farm equipment requires fuel).

I am of the opinion that the rise in the broad US equity markets is more a case of paper asset inflation than anything connected to a true signal of strength in the underlying US economy. After all, that freshly printed money has to go somewhere and why not into stocks. In an ultra low interest rate environment, the Fed can easily herd their lapdogs into stocks to prop up that all-important "economic indicator".

As it becomes more clear to others that the need for continued accomodative monetary policy is the only option left for the Fed ( let them even hint at trying to remove it and watch what will happen to their beloved equity market rally), gold will get its legs back under it and stabilize prior to making another leg higher.

Food inflation seen back on the table as prices rise

Wed Apr 4, 2012 6:01pm EDT
* Strong correlation with high oil price* Corn, soybeans gain on physical markets in March -FAO data
* U.S. soybean futures jump in March on tight supply concerns
By Svetlana Kovalyova
MILAN, April 5 (Reuters) - World food prices are likely to rise for a third successive month in March, and could gain further beyond that, with expensive oil and chronically low stocks of some key grains putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda.


1 comment:

  1. Inflation?
    Lacquer thinner up 40+ % buying by the 55 gallon drum!


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