Financial Advisor Gregory Ricks Explains The Truth About Inflation
Financial Advisor Gregory Ricks discusses fears of inflation and how it could affect retirement planning.
Metairie, LA – January 25, 2013 – Gregory Ricks, Founder and CEO of Gregory Ricks & Associates, a registered investment adviser, recently explained inflation, its historical effect on the economy and how it affects our retirement planning today. Mr. Ricks explains:
Inflation is a multi-dimensional thing. It is not just the increase in prices. Most Americans would agree that their view of inflation has to do with the prices of certain items and if the prices of those items they buy most frequently are up from the prior year – then they are dealing with the effects of inflation.
Price Inflation hurts retirement because most retirees live off a fixed income, so it is especially painful if the interest rates available from safe investments and bank-offered savings plans are low. It is a classic case of, “costs are up and revenue is flat.” However, there is a lot more to it.
Monetary Inflation is a whole different type of inflation. It is a simple inflation to track because it simply means the Government is asking the Federal Reserve to print more money. They are asking to inflate the amount of money available. This idea is, in historical terms, relatively new monetary inflation started during the Kennedy Administration and has been a steady policy in Washington since it started, regardless of political party. Democrats have inflated money supply just as the Republicans have inflated the money supply. And you know what? We, as Americans, like it. More money around equals more prosperity … As long as the money holds its value.
Monetary inflation likely played a key role in the decision to abandon the gold standard in the US, on August 15, 1971, leading to the “Nixon Shock”. In essence, the change to a floating exchange rate in the US represented a form of reset for our own currency right here in the United States.
What does this mean to us today? Mr. Ricks continued:
The debate will continue to rage on because although history says one thing you cannot ignore the following and very recent financial report:
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The CPI (Consumer Price Index), out Friday, sizes up prices paid by consumers. It’s expected to fall 0.2% for November.
Even the so-called “core” CPI, which omits prices for food and fuel, is expected to rise just 0.1%. This suggests possible deflation and not inflation at all even at a time where the amount of Government debt is reaching nearly unbelievable levels and the Federal Reserve is running the printing press 24/7.
The important thing to consider is the possibility of inflation and, more specifically, what are you doing with your finances to manage that possibility? If you don’t have a plan of action, you may consider some amount of your retirement money positioned to grow with inflation. For long term planning, it is likely a good idea since prices tend to go up over time.
For more information on this topic, or to learn how Gregory Ricks can help, please visit www.gregoryricks.com.
Founder & CEO, Gregory Ricks & Associates, Inc.
Gregory Ricks is the Founder and CEO of Gregory Ricks & Associates, Inc. and is the Radio Talk Show Host of “Winning at Life with Gregory Ricks,” on Rush Radio 99.5 WRNO on Saturday mornings. He is Louisiana’s 401k and Retirement Authority and author of the upcoming book, Winning at Life in Retirement, in which the emphasis is to avoid losing money to Wall Street, to avoid losing money to Uncle Sam and to protect assets from runaway health care costs late in life. He is a nationally sought after Wealth Manager, Tax Reduction Strategist and an Ed Slott Elite IRA Advisor who has been educating, advising and guiding clients for 28 years. He has a unique vision and ability to look forward and help retirees see the financial road ahead so they know with certainty where they are, where they’re headed and where they’ll end up at any given point in time up to 10, 15 or 20 years out including changes in direction. He does the math to ensure their monies are using the right tools and doing the right jobs for the right period of time so they win at life in retirement by enjoying the lifestyle they’re accustomed to without fear of running out of money.