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How does agreed value insurance work with inflation?

In an agreed value insurance plan I understand that the number X is the amount that will be paid out upon loss. However I have two questions in regard to this: Upon renewing my policy yearly am I ...
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Inflation & Time value of money

Can anybody explain to me how exactly does inflation erodes away bank savings using the time value concept of money?
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How would you figure the cost of something in the future including inflation?

Looking for an excel formula that can calculate the cost of something based on a current price that factors in price increases and inflation. For example a plane ticket cost (econ LAX to JFK) in 30 ...
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How inflation in China makes real exchange rate between China and US to rise? [closed]

I am a bit puzzled about how the rising inflation in China as compared to that in US amkes the Chinese currency to appreciate as per the real exchange rate. I am confused because I read somewhere that ...
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What does inflation actually mean? [duplicate]

Inflation, in the ordinary sense, increase in the prices of goods and services. Some economists say inflation up to 5% is even desirable. Why is this so? When governments struggle to control ...
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Too low interest rate in New Zealand

I came from a country with high interest rates where you can easily find an investment that pays more than inflation, but I moved to New Zealand and was surprised when I saw that the inflation rate is ...
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Weightage of products used for measuring inflation

How does the government fix a particular weightage for a particular commodity which is to be used during measurement of inflation? Is there any specific scientific formula that is to be used?
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What is the future of 401k in terms of stability and reliability?

Let me quote: 7) Your Retirement Plan is For S**t. I don’t care how much you set aside for your 401k. It’s over. The whole myth of savings is gone. Inflation will carve out the bulk of your ...
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How to calculate cash loss over time?

For example, I got £100 few months ago and I didn't spend them - just kept them in my drawer at home. I understand that those £100 from few months ago is not worth same £100 but it is less today. How ...
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What numbers do I look at to adjust my salary increases for inflation?

I would like to compare my annual salary increases to some "real world purchasing power" metric to see if I am meeting, exceeding, or falling behind on how far my money goes each year. What number ...
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Does inflation equal more loans? [closed]

I am wondering if the banks are favored by high inflation levels? Do higher inflation levels equal more loans? I am looking for another way of looking at the problems of inflation and not just from a ...
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According to yahoo finance, Vanguard's Dividend Growth Fund does not appear to have dividend growth. Why is that?

Why does Vanguard's Dividend Growth Fund not show dividend growth according to yahoo finance's historical distribution data? In 1993, Vanguard's Dividend Growth Fund Investor shares (from here on out ...
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Making Sense Of This Sentence

Some random browsing brought me to the Wikipedia page on Financial Independence, and I'm having trouble making sense of something it says. Below is the whole extract, provided in full to make it easy ...
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Relation between inflation rates and interest rates

In Canada, as of the time of writing this question, the: Key interest rate is 1.00% (source) The inflation rate is 1.50% (source) In India, at the time of writing, the: Base interest rate is ...
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Is the Social Security delayed benefit increase in addition to COLA?

I understand that delaying taking social security from full retirement age (67, based on my birth year) until age 70 results in a 24% increase in the monthly benefit, or 8% per year. Is this amount ...
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What is the numerical relationship between an APY and an inflation rate?

I’m thinking of starting a CD ladder. The rates for CDs are expressed as an annual percentage yield (APY), while the inflation rate is expressed as a percentage per year. How do you convert between ...
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Is investing in housing considered an adequate hedge against inflation?

Does the price of a home or apartment generally increase, at least, with the rate of inflation in the United States? Could such a purchase be viewed as effective protection against inflation?
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Effect of inflation on stock market [closed]

What is the effect of inflation on stock market activity? Not the effect of inflation to the returns on a particular stock (some stocks may fare well in case of inflation, other stocks may fare badly ...
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Are there any other investing methods I should look into?

I'm looking into long-term investments. So far, I've looked at stocks, mutual funds, IRAs, and 401Ks. I'm 22 and recently begun my first full time job. I know the basics of these investments, ...
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Effect of Quantitative Easing on Price of Bonds

I don't seem to understand the effects of QE. Fed uses open market to purchase long-term government bonds which pushes up the demand for bonds and drives up the price of bonds. However, this ...
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What price index should I consider when saving?

I was wondering if instead of using some official index, I should calculate my own index, putting in the equation all my expenses and calculate how poorer or wealthier I get over the years. Real ...
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Inflation rates to expect over the next 30 years, 401k planning

I am a recent college grad and now a new hire looking to choose 401k options. I am wondering what the general strategy behind choosing a 401k investment rate is. I have been reading Recent graduate ...
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What effect would currency devaluation have on my investments?

I am curious what effect currency devaluation has on the value of my various investments/assets. For instance, I have retirement savings in mutual funds, growth stocks, and bonds. First, let's ...
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How should one account for inflation when planning retirement savings and withdrawals?

Let's say one had a goal of saving $x, in order to live off of (say) 4-5% interest on the principal. How do you then account for inflation? Do you assume some rate and increase how much you would ...
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What are good investments to use as hedges when the Federal Reserve draws down quantitative easing?

Basically I think it is quite obvious that quantitative easing (QE) will be pulled back eventually and countries will start to tighten their monetary policy. When that happens, what kind of assets ...
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“Inflation actually causes people not to spend”… could it be true?

Oasis Jnr claims that if inflation is high, consumers do not spend, because the high prices does not attract them: ...if inflation occurs then prices rise which will affect consumer spending ...
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What happened to the Google Price Index?

I've seen it before, but I can't find it anymore. I think I remember Google mentioning that it would only be available in graphical form, but not data form, and also that it would only show one year, ...
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Is there a fool-proof way to keep up with inflation? [duplicate]

I know I can keep cash in an interest-based bank account, but that type of investment will not keep up with inflation, it seems. Would I be right to assume that government/corporate bonds can keep up ...
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Equity prices during currency devaluation — Mexico 1994 [closed]

If I own a company whose assets are 100 barrels of oil valued at $10,000 in some currency, and the currency's value suddenly drops by a factor of two, I would expect that my company is now suddenly ...
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International bonds, currency differences, and effect of inflation on such bonds?

Country X's national government purchases country Y's government-issued bonds. Would the bonds be issued in country Y's currency? How does inflation (of either country's currency) factor into this, ...
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How do you do inflation calculations and estimates?

I'm an engineer, not an accountant so I have no idea what formulas to use (or even the proper terms to google for). I've looked around on a couple of google results, but most of the explanations just ...
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Who decides, and how, each year's increase in the Canada Pension Plan's YMPE value?

I know the Canada Pension Plan's Yearly Maximum Pensionable Earnings value (YMPE) is used for the following: to determine the annual limit for payroll contributions to the Canada Pension Plan for ...
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How to protect liquid assets from risk of hyperinflation

I don't want to freeze my cash in any medium that would require me to look/wait for a buyer, wait for the collective investment fund to cash my shares as they take their allowance of time to cash them ...
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Web sites for historical foreign currency exchange rates and inflation data?

Say that I'm watching a Swedish movie from the 1970s where a bank gets robbed and the robbers get away with 10 million SEK. I might then like to know how much that corresponds to in U.S. dollars ...
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Buying Large Amounts of Inflation-Protected Treasuries (TIPS)

We are selling our current property, and will be renting in the short term while looking for a property to purchase. We have some equity in the current property, so will get a payout at closing. To ...
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Should I do my budgeting in dollars?

I'm from India and earn in Indian Rupees. Should I do the math on my finances in USD? The reason I ask this question is because INR lost value recently - quite a bit. So, for example, would it be ...
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As an investor what are side effects of Quantitative Easing in US and in EU?

If I understood well Quantitative Easing basically means a Central Bank prints out more money of its own currency. It seems simple to understand that it saves the country banks and the States by ...
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Should we invest some of our savings to protect against inflation?

My wife and I are in our early 30s. Our gross combined income is about $125,000/year, and our rent is ~$2,500/month (we live in San Francisco). We have no debt, and we have about $85k saved up in a ...
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Comparing Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) vs Certificates of Deposit

I was wondering what the pros and cons are of choosing one versus the other. There are TIPS that seem to have a better yield than CDs and would therefore make for better places to park savings.
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Economics of buy-to-let (investment) flats

I'm trying to figure out whether it is a good business to buy a flat and rent it out. These are the numbers I have so far: Costs Property: 150,000 Downpayment (30%) : 45,000 Interest ...
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How inflation factors into a loan amortization schedule

I've been looking at a lot of loan amortization schedules for mortgages lately and wonder how they relate to real dollars over time with inflation. The calculators I've been using have a calculated ...
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Why does money value normally decrease?

When you save money in the bank, you expect interest on your investment. But if you invest, on, say property, gold, or other durable goods, you don't expect your house or gold to multiply. Why? Is it ...
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What can I do to protect my savings from inflation in my national currency (Mexico)?

What can I do to protect my savings from inflation? I'm in Mexico.
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Treasury Bonds, compounding at new interest rates

this is more a question about bonds in general than just Treasuries, but we will use Treasuries for example Let say you have $10,000,000 and you buy 30-year Treasury bonds currently yielding 3% ...
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Do Banks Cause Inflation? What are other possible causes?

Some people believe that inflation is caused by an increase in the money supply when the banks print more notes engage in fractional reserve lending. Is this correct? As I understand it, when there ...
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Is physical gold inflation-proof?

I always assumed that physical gold is inflation-proof, but my advisor at my bank claimed it is not — unfortunately without going into details. Now I wonder what he meant. My assumption was: If I buy ...
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Get historic amount corresponding to a specific amount today

Are there any site out there that can give the equivalent value of a specific amount today. For instance, $20 today would be the same as $5 dollars twenty years ago.
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Effect of country default on house prices?

What effect would a sovereign default of a European country (i.e. Italy/Greece) have on house prices of the same country that goes in default? What does the previous literature says about similar ...
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How can I protect myself from inflation with the HKD?

There is serious inflation here in Hong Kong. I suspect it is caused by QE1 and QE2. I didn't study Economics when I was in school, so I'm not sure I fully understand the situation. Hopefully someone ...
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Is gold really an investment or just a hedge against inflation?

As per the title of this question, is gold something that can really be considered an investment or is it just a useful hedge against inflation? While I can understand the value in having hedges ...