Monday, January 10, 2011
UK Inflation Rising . . . Even As UK Housing Falls
at 6:00 AM
So the deflationista camp claims that inflation—much less hyperinflation—will never happen to the U.S. dollar; said deflationista camp being Stoneleigh, Mish Shedlock, and others of that persuasion. They claim high inflation can’t happen in this environment where credit has collapsed, and the economy is slumping à la Japan 1993.
But can it? And can it be happening in the UK? Could the UK be a precursor for what’s to come in America?
Even though the Brits didn’t have even a single round of the Quantitative Shenanigans that the U.S. Federal Reserve inflicted on the American economy—and therefore ought to be suffering even starker deflation, according to conventional theory—the reality in the UK is giving lie to this deflationista construct: UK inflation is rising at a 3.3% clip as of November, a trend expected to continue or even increase in December—
—and now housing prices in the UK are in. And they are not pretty: UK housing prices fell 1.3% month over month in December, according to Lloyd’s Banking.
Notice that the FTSE 100 has tracked almost identically to the American equities markets, and the UK has had similar issues insofar as sovereign and corporate debt is concerned. But unlike the U.S., there was no Quantitative Easing—and no budget-busting stimulus.
But assets are falling in the UK, even as inflation is rising—slow and steady and implacable.
I’m going to be paying a lot more attention to the UK over the coming months—I suggest you do too.