Cents and Sensibility: the Inflation Guy Podcast
Ep. 17: This Month’s CPI Report - Are We Volked?

Ep. 17: This Month’s CPI Report - Are We Volked?

January 12, 2022

Inflation continues to show broader and deeper, and now is entering the general business and consumer mindset. In this episode, Inflation Guy talks about the idea that year-over-year inflation may peak soon, but probably won't go back to the old 2% level. In the long term? Well, that depends on whether the Fed can channel Paul Volcker, and worry less about breaking eggs and more about whether we can afford eggs.

Ep. 16: The Fundamentals of Risk and Return in Commodities

Ep. 16: The Fundamentals of Risk and Return in Commodities

January 4, 2022

In this wide-ranging, and yet somehow too-short, episode, the Inflation Guy unpacks what it means to "invest in commodities" - sources of risk and return, and common misconceptions that tend to lead investors astray when thinking about this crucial asset class. Where does the long-run return in a commodity index, and the correlation with inflation, come from? Perhaps you will be surprised at the answer!

Ep. 15: An Interview with Special Guest Milton Friedman

Ep. 15: An Interview with Special Guest Milton Friedman

December 17, 2021

The Inflation Guy welcomes his first guest ever to the Cents and Sensibility Podcast: Nobel Laureate and the OG of monetarism, Dr. Milton Friedman, to talk about the inflation problem. As we wrestle with headline inflation of 7% and core inflation of 5%, it is worth listening to the man whose prescription helped squash the inflation of the 1970s - but whose words today fall on the deaf ears of (supposed) economic sophisticates.

Ep. 14: This Month‘s CPI Report - 100% Policy Error

Ep. 14: This Month‘s CPI Report - 100% Policy Error

December 10, 2021

The Inflation Guy walks through this month's inflation number, which reaches levels we could scarcely have imagined just two years ago...and it isn't done yet. It's broader, and faster, and it's 100% policy error. Moreover, it's a policy error that will be very hard to undo - and maybe can't be completely undone at this point.

Ep. 13: Some General Thoughts About Inflation-Aware Investing

Ep. 13: Some General Thoughts About Inflation-Aware Investing

December 2, 2021

Can a 27-minute podcast be a substitute for a thoughtful conversation with an inflation-aware adviser? Probably not, but it is a decent first step for an investor who wants to be inflation aware (and wants to be able to discern and avoid advisers who aren't!) In this podcast, the Inflation Guy talks about the current environment and some general implications for navigating an investment environment which will be markedly different over the next ten years compared to what it was for the last quarter-century.

Ep. 12: How Many Swallows Make a Spring?

Ep. 12: How Many Swallows Make a Spring?

November 19, 2021

One swallow does not make a spring, it is said. But eventually, enough swallows would seem to indicate a higher probability of spring. In this podcast, the Inflation Guy connects the transitory swallow to transitory price increases and asks, "is it spring yet?"

Ep. 11: This Month‘s CPI Report - What Did You THINK Would Happen?

Ep. 11: This Month‘s CPI Report - What Did You THINK Would Happen?

November 10, 2021

This month's CPI report was upsetting to the Inflation Guy. The inflation news is getting worse, and there is no longer any mystery that this is not a temporary, one-off problem. Moreover, the cause is clear and we have seen this coming for a while. It's enough to turn one's stomach. The Inflation Guy walks through the number, explains the significance of the pieces and describes what it is about this report that bothers him most.

Ep. 10: A High-Velocity Tour of Velocity

Ep. 10: A High-Velocity Tour of Velocity

October 28, 2021

In this episode of Cents & Sensibility, the Inflation Guy conducts a quick tour of the concept of monetary velocity. Velocity, which is the "V" in the "MV=PQ" equation that is at the heart of monetarism, is oft-maligned and oft-misunderstood. The Inflation Guy explains what velocity is, describes the main drivers of velocity, and suggests why the current setup is potentially concerning for inflation over the next few years.

Ep.9: This Month‘s CPI Report - A Watershed Moment

Ep.9: This Month‘s CPI Report - A Watershed Moment

October 14, 2021

The Inflation Guy talks about a couple of the salient points from yesterday's CPI report - indications that "Team Transitory" has been routed and sent off the field in disgrace.

Ep.8: Hari Seldon, Psychohistory, and the Failings of Modern Macroeconomics

Ep.8: Hari Seldon, Psychohistory, and the Failings of Modern Macroeconomics

October 8, 2021

Isaac Asimov's character (from the Foundation series, now an Apple TV series) Hari Seldon is a psychohistorian, which basically means he is a macro-behavioral economist. But he has a much better forecasting rate and a much longer horizon than today's economists. Why? What can we learn from Asimov's invention of 'psychohistory,' and are there any hints that group behavior may be more predictable than it seems to be in practice? Yup!

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