Season 1 | Episode 3

Why Do We Keep Printing Money?

Nov 9, 2023

In this “Invested Interest” podcast discussion, we tackled the complex relationship between rising interest rates and inflation. We explored the purpose behind increasing rates, highlighting their role in encouraging savings and dissuading borrowing as a measure to control inflation. We recognized that the recent influx of newly created money and the mechanics of fractional reserve banking have played their part in elevating inflation rates.

We delved into the Federal Reserve’s approach of raising interest rates to temper the expansion of the money supply and slow down the pace of borrowing, all with the intention of managing inflation. During our conversation, we examined how such economic measures affect both consumers and businesses, leading to a cautious stance on borrowing and investment, and a trend towards greater operational efficiency and automation.

We also considered the impact of government stimulus efforts during the pandemic and proposed policies like student loan forgiveness on inflation, noting how they contribute to an increase in the money supply.

Throughout the episode, we discussed the implications for personal finance in the current economic climate, weighing the potential advantages and risks of placing money into savings, bonds, or money market accounts in light of prevailing interest and inflation rates. We concluded that navigating these uncertain economic waters requires a well-thought-out investment strategy, and at times, the expertise of a financial advisor could offer the necessary guidance to make informed decisions for the future.