Food in the U.S. economy is now more expensive than ever before.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
In a recent Profit Confidential article, lead contributor and financial expert Michael Lombardi reports that recent data show that the prices of commodities like corn and wheat in U.S. dollars have increased 18.5% and 39.5%, respectively, since the beginning of 2012; however, when measured in gold bullion, corn prices only rose 7.3% so far this year, and wheat prices have increased by 24.3%. (Source: StockCharts, last accessed October 25, 2012.) Lombardi reasons that the weakening U.S. dollar is partly to blame for the major rise in food prices.
“Food in the U.S. economy is now more expensive than ever before,” states Lombardi, “…[and] the greenback has been declining in value against other world currencies (except the euro) for four years now, making prices of commodities more expensive.”
Lombardi notes that in 2011, consumer spending on food, as a percentage of income, increased 5.4% from 2010. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 25, 2012.) He says that this means an even bigger portion of consumer income will go toward consumer spending on food this year as food prices continue to increase significantly.
“Rising food prices have been blamed on the drought in the U.S. Midwest and a dry summer in Russia, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan (source: The World Bank, August 30, 2012),” states Lombardi. “In the second quarter of this fiscal year, corn production declined by $12.0 billion in the U.S. economy and farm inventories fell significantly (source: The Washington Post, September 27, 2012).”
In the article “Food Prices Through the Roof; But Government Says No Inflation,” Lombardi points out that if food prices increase, consumer spending declines, because consumers will have to spend more on food, shifting their spending over from other goods to food.
Lombardi concludes by reiterating his point: “…rising food prices are going to take a toll on consumer spending. The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing may have protected banks, but it may actually be killing consumer spending by devaluing the U.S. dollar as inflation is created.”
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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.