Comments: Bernanke and deflation

Reading your article last week on no inflation to worry about.

Energy, housing council tax insurance are all excluded from the figures. please look at the attached article your comments would be welcome.

Posted by roger parker at October 29, 2005 05:11 PM

Energy, housing, council tax and insurance are all included in the RPI, which shows a falling rate of inflation (beyond the direct effects of lower interest rates). Energy and insurance are included in the CPI. There's always an argument about inflation being understated. In fact, there is a good case to be made for it being overstated. The people who collect price information for inflation indices do not seek out bargains, unlike real consumers. The argument you referred me to is a standard, and fairly simplistic, monetarist approach.

Posted by David Smith at October 29, 2005 05:52 PM