Episode 30

Is inflation rigged?

The cost of living always attracts controversy, even before the current surge in prices.

Many people believe that the true rate of inflation is consistently far higher than the official stats suggest. But is there any evidence to back up these claims?

We discuss the nuances of how inflation is calculated and whether the changes made in the 1980s and 1990s have lowered official inflation numbers, as claimed by websites such as ShadowStats. And what impact does it have on investors?

And in today’s Dumb Question of the Week: Why does the Fed look at Core PCE inflation rather than CPI? Doesn’t it care about food and energy prices?

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Ramin Nakisa

Ramin is an investment coach, YouTuber and founder of PensionCraft.

He worked for 15 years as an investment banking strategist and has published two books: “A Financial Bestiary” and “Invest in Fear”.
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Michael Pugh

Michael is a media executive in London, working in news, television and music.

He is an enthusiastic amateur investor and new dad.