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Inflation: Why the Fed Thinks It's Less of a Problem Than You Do

The key to maintaining price stability isn't just observing and controlling current inflation, but rather observing and controlling the expectation of inflation.

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You may have noticed, when making your routine purchases at the store, that your hard-earned dollar doesn't get you as much as it used to. It's not your imagination; the data support what we are all experiencing.

As the charts below illustrate, since the credit crisis ended there has been a dramatic increase in the price of commodities. Energy, food, and metals have all shown significant price increases since 2009, and the rate of increase is increasing.

David Sekera does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.