It should be pretty interesting to see how everyone reacts if and when sharply higher inflation finally does show up here in the U.S. The economic statistic that, since 2008, has been like the boy who cried wolf will probably have many more doubters than believers right up until the point when it’s too late to do anything about it (that was pretty much the story with the boy and the wolf and, of course, the sheep).
Anyway, they talk about the possibility of a tightening labor market playing a role in higher inflation (a key factor to really get broad-based inflation going) in this clip from CNBC.
That surge in agricultural goods last week took a lot of people by surprise and it’s shown in table form below from a data set that is maintained for the investment website.
Like most commodities, there’s a lot of ground to make up from last year’s drubbing for such products as corn, wheat, and soybeans, but they’re off to a great start this year so far.
It might be a good idea to cut out that extra cup of Joe in the morning as coffee prices just reached a two-year high. Now this is interesting … according to my data, the coffee price surged 77 % in 2010 but then fell 6%, 37%, and 23% in 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. Now it’s up 78% so far in 2014.