What is the effect of inflation? As a result of inflation, the value of tomorrow’s money decreases with regards to today’s money. In other words, you can purchase less with the same amount of money. This is commonly seen as prices having increased. This can make the situation appear more appealing for borrowers because they can buy today and pay back with less valuable dollars. But lenders and creditors don't appreciate receiving less valuable dollars. So, in order to offset the declining value lenders and creditors increase the interest rates they charge. Thus inflation in general results in increased financial problems all around. It not only results in rising commodity prices but … [Read more...]
Who Does Inflation Hurt Most?
Who does inflation help and who does inflation hurt? When we first think of inflation we assume that it will affect all people equally. After all if everyone is using the same dollars wouldn't everyone be affected equally? The fact of course is that everyone isn't affected equally. Our second assumption might be that the poor would be hurt the worst because they earn minimum wage and everything they buy is getting more expensive. However, if the minimum wage is indexed to inflation they would about break even. So interestingly if the minimum wage earners are also deep in debt inflation actually helps them. The reason for this is that debtors borrow valuable money and the number of … [Read more...]