Shrinkflation: The Silent Economic Threat That's Affecting Your Everyday Life When the price of anything rises, that means the value of that item has decreased. Shrinking prices are just that: the price of something is decreasing. These two phenomena can be difficult to tell apart, but they are very much connected. Shrinking prices are the result of inflation. The price of something is rising so it makes sense that you would pay more for it over time. So, how can you tell that you’re seeing the effects of shrinking prices instead of just seeing a natural rise in prices? Here are some of the most common signs.
Since 2007 international stocks have lagged the returns of U.S. stocks. So, are global stocks worth investing in if they have not generated superior returns to U.S. stocks in recent years? After all, by investing in international U.S. stocks, wouldn't I get enough exposure to global economies? To answer these questions, we must discuss the potential gains from diversification.
In 2019, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I primarily stayed at home to avoid sickness. As a result, I was consuming less food because I just ate what was already in the refrigerator rather than going out to lunch. That year, my doctor said that I was one of her few patients who lost weight during the pandemic. Fast forward to 2022, when I resumed work and started going out for lunch again. Two weeks after returning to the office, my doctor told me that I had gained 8 pounds--in two weeks! Not only did weight gain reoccur, but I was spending $400 on lunch a month! And every time I went to my favorite diner, I would see signs that read, “If you really liked us, you would eat more.” Obviously, I complied!
STORY HIGHLIGHTS 17% name inflation as nation's most important problem; 4% cite gas prices Mentions of the coronavirus as top problem are lowest of the pandemic Six in 10 worry a great deal about inflation, leading most other issues
I usually drive my car in sports mode but have switched to comfort mode to save gas. I don’t know about you, but the expense to fill up my car with premium gasoline has skyrocketed. Yesterday at my neighborhood Shell Station I paid approximately $100 to fill up. It made me wonder what other people around the country were paying, and I came across a study published by SmartAsset. The article is titled “Where High Gas Prices Will Most Affect Residents – 2022 Study.”
With your taxes on the horizon, you may be wondering what you can do to help make things easier. As it turns out, donating stock to a qualified charity provides some tax benefits!