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Whilst the CPI has remained (to central bankers at least) puzzlingly benign, the trillions in QE has ended up in the bank accounts of those who already had money and assets and the inflation in those areas has been astronomical.

This really isn’t something you need a PhD. in economics to figure out folks. This asset price inflation somehow stays hidden in plain sight and all anybody seems to care about is headline inflation of the PCE / CPI variety – the very measure followed by the Fed when trying to achieve one half of their dual mandate.

However, there are signs of stirring in the inflationary cave which, unlike the whole ‘rising wealth inequality’ thing will have central bankers genuinely concerned.

But we’ll get back to those a little later on. For now, we need to head East, across the Atlantic to that other event which occurred on November 15th.
The scene for this particular sign of the apex of the era of Quantitative Easing occurred, not in an auction room, but in the corporate finance department of Société Générale in Paris... Read more