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Since 2009, we have maintained that the only credible resolution of the 2008 global credit crisis is a resurgence of global inflation. We take an eclectic approach to the inflation outlook, considering political and socio-economic factors alongside macroeconomic drivers. We provide the multi-dimensional appraisal of the inflation outlook that is critical to formulating a successful investment strategy, at a time when inflation complacency is rife.

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The Bank’s blunders will send Britain into deflation

Britain’s monetary elite are hedging against the wrong risk

Inflation across the West is being smothered slowly by cut-price Chinese imports, falling commodity costs, and a contraction of the domestic money supply on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read the complete article here: The Bank’s blunders will send Britain into deflation ( which includes the following comment from Peter Warburton.

“Money growth in the UK is desperately low and it’s becoming dangerous for the economy,” said Peter Warburton, a credit expert and founder of Economic Perspectives.

“Insolvency rates are rising quickly and lenders are limiting what kind of borrowers they are willing to take on. It is singularly inappropriate to continue shrinking the balance sheet when liquidity and credit are so weak,” he said.

Reviewing the UK Economic Forecast for 2022

The particular challenge for forecasters at the end of 2021 was to know how quickly and how significantly inflation would rise. Even for those of us who were convinced that it would rise materially, of course we did not predict the impact of the Russian invasion and bombardment of Ukraine, which started 2 months later.  This awful event helped to crystallise inflation risk in a dramatic way, embracing not only energy but also food prices as Ukrainian food exports were severely restricted.  We expected a jump in unemployment – to 6% - which didn’t happen because of the failure of older workers to return to the labour market. The behaviour of the Bank of England was a surprise to all of us, as they seemed – in late 2021 - resolute in the belief that inflation would prove to be transitory.  Yes, forecast is difficult but it is essential that we test our understanding of how the economy works and where it is heading – even when the outcome is embarrassingly poor.  After topping the league last year, eighth is not a bad result, given the Russian wild card.

Chart from David Smith's Economic Outlook Published in The Sunday Times on February 19, 2023

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The IRF Podcast series consists of topical discussions with our Providers which are designed to keep you abreast of market developments across a wide range of disciplines. They are available on Spotify, Apple and Google.

In this latest episode of the IRF Podcast series, available on Apple, Spotify and Google, JP Smith of the IRF is joined by Dr Peter Warburton, Founder of Economic Perspectives, to discuss the structural outlook for the UK economy in the wake of the recent budget. Economic Perspectives take an eclectic approach to the inflation outlook, considering political and socio-economic factors alongside macroeconomic drivers, building on the analysis of the development of global debt markets laid out in Peter's book 'Debt and Delusion'.

In this podcast, Peter spells out how policy and forecasting errors by the UK government, Bank of England and the Office for Budgetary Responsibility are primarily responsible for high inflation, low growth and the rising budget deficit. He explains his scepticism that the BOE will be able to take the sort of measures necessary to bring inflation even close to the target level but also provocatively argues that inflation will help to bring about a necessary generational and social redistribution of resources and pave the way for a regeneration of the UK economy and society over the medium term.
Finally, Peter and JP discuss the international context and the implications of the Economic Perspectives hypothesis for asset allocation and the ability of investors to preserve the value of their wealth in real terms in this challenging environment.
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Economic Perspectives submits monthly short-term economic forecasts for the UK economy to HM Treasury and Consensus Economics. Peter Warburton is a member of the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee and contributes a named section in the monthly minutes.