Here are some comments of relevance from Bernanke’s speech, “The economic recovery that began in the middle of 2009 appears to have strengthened in recent months, although, to date, growth has not been fast enough to bring about significant improvement in the job market.” “Improving household and business confidence, accommodative monetary policy, and more supportive financial conditions, including an apparent increase in the willingness of banks to make loans, seems likely to lead to a more rapid pace of economic recovery in 2011 than we saw last year.” He adds the key caveat, “Until we see a sustained period of stronger job creation, we cannot consider the recovery to be truly established.”

On the part I was most looking forward to, his comments on inflation, he said “we have recently seen significant increases in some highly visible prices, notably for gasoline. Indeed, prices of many commodities have risen lately, largely as a result of the very strong demand from fast growing emerging market economies, coupled, in some cases, with constraints on supply.” Notice he attributes none of the rise to his policy and he then sums up with this, “Nevertheless, overall inflation remains quite low” and then he goes on to cite benign 2010 inflation readings and emphasizes core as “a better predictor of where overall inflation is headed.” Looking at 2010 CPI stats is classic rear view mirror economic analysis and it seems that the Fed won’t worry until higher CPI readings are plastered on their foreheads.

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4 Responses to “Bernanke, still not worried about inflation”

  1. franklin411 says:

    Stop buying gold, Pete. Quickest way to cure your inflation paranoia! =)

  2. Sarge says:

    Stop buying gold or start buying gold???

  3. competitionguy says:

    Price changes that bring supply and demand into line are not the type of inflation the Fed can (or should try) to do anything about. Aside from inflation expectations, the Fed can only do anything about price changes caused by the supply and demand of currency it issues. Bernanke is trying to make this simple for you by pointing out the drivers of these CPI numbers. And by the way, these CPI numbers do some good in that they might lift inflation expectations and force banks to lend some of their reserves.

  4. rip says:

    Bernie is a Wall Street tool. End of story.