Worried About Inflation?

A weaker dollar, increased demand for commodities or a Fed fumble could cause prices to spike.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

With the economy at death's door last fall, the federal government prescribed the strongest medicines in its pharmacy. The bursting credit bubble bled the economy of money, so the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury started pumping in cash. The Fed is buying more than $1 trillion worth of mortgage-backed securities and debt of various government agencies, and it will buy hundreds of billions in Treasury bonds.

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Bob Frick
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance