On The Money

Inflation not likely, by Sara Walker, CFA, and senior vice president and investment officer at Associated Wealth Management in Milwaukee.

Should investors be worried about massive inflation in the near future? I don’t believe so, even though I grew up with Milton Friedman and his show, “Free to Choose,” on Public Television. 

Many investors are girded for rampant inflation because the Federal Reserve is printing money at a record pace. This is one of the many strategies in place to help us avoid a deflationary cesspool. Many worry this medicine will kill the patient.

Inflation is certainly not dead, and in my opinion it will definitely challenge us in the future. But in the near-term, consider me climbing the deflation wall of worry. Excess capacity and consumers’ relative unwillingness to spend are of more immediate concern than rampant inflation.

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