New York, NY (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
According to Michael Lombardi, financial expert and lead contributor to Profit Confidential, many Americans are experiencing inflation already when it comes to food prices and gas prices, and these rapidly increasing prices are not properly reflected in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) numbers, meaning real inflation is going to be a bigger concern than it already is for the U.S. economy.
“The official government numbers tell us that inflation is not a concern; that we are not experiencing any inflation and it’s all under control,” says Lombardi. “We all know the CPI doesn’t reflect real inflation or prices that really matter to the consumers.”
Lombardi reports that California gas stations are shutting down on record-high gas prices. In San Francisco, gas prices are at the highest level since 2007, he adds. (Source: Businessweek, October 4, 2012.) Lombardi believes that these gas stations are shutting down, because their profitability is decreasing—the gas is available, but not for cheap.
“For gas stations in San Francisco, it’s costing them $4.90 per gallon just to buy gas and they then need to mark up that price to actually make a profit” says Lombardi. “It wasn’t too long ago when you could get a gallon of gas for fewer than $2.00.”
“When we import oil from foreign countries, it is taking more U.S. dollars to buy a barrel of oil,” the Profit Confidential expert explains. “This is because the greenback has depreciated so much against other world currencies.”
Lombardi believes that, with multiple rounds of quantitative easing, inflation is going to be a bigger problem.
“Consumer spending will be the ultimate victim of this inflation. And if consumer spending is hurt, the U.S. economy will not go very far, as more than 70% of U.S. GDP [gross domestic product] is made up of consumer spending,” Lombardi concludes.
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Michael Lombardi, MBA, the lead Profit Confidential editorial contributor, has just released his most recent update of Critical Warning Number Six, a breakthrough video with Lombardi’s current predictions for the U.S. economy, stock market, U.S. dollar, euro, interest rates and inflation. To see the video, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com/critical-warning-number-six.