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What the new inflation means for us

Manu Bhaskaran
Manu Bhaskaran3/24/2022 12:01 PM GMT+08  • 10 min read
What the new inflation means for us
Inflation has nudged up cost of food and other basic goods / Bloomberg
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After three decades of absence, the spectre of inflation has returned to haunt the world. The Ukraine crisis has precipitated a spike in energy and food costs which is causing immense pain all around the world. But a faster pace of price increases was already evident even before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Some analysts are now worrying that we are returning to the stagflationary days of the 1970s when the world suffered from both rapid price increases as well as mediocre economic growth.

Our view is that the inflation we are likely to suffer in the coming years is a very different beast from that of the 1970s: it is in a sense a new form of inflation.

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