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Inflation, Deflation, Disinflation – What’s the Difference?

Inflation, Deflation, Disinflation – What’s the Difference?

Increasingly in the media, there are discussions relating to deflation: are we experiencing deflation, and is deflation worse than inflation? Occasionally, discussions of the economy refer to disinflation. This will be the first in a series of posts exploring price changes and their implications for investing.

Inflation: our old familiar friend
Inflation is a pretty familiar phenomenon for most people; we’re used to seeing prices go up generally over time. If you’re old enough, you may even remember the 1970’s, when prices spiraled dramatically upward and President Gerald Ford encouraged everyone to respond by wearing “Whip Inflation Now” lapel …

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