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8 July 2013
Inflation Tax is the first book to present in simple easy to read way why inflation is such a big problem in the UK (even at low levels). It is reducing the standard of living of most people and redistributing wealth from savers to debtors. The book shows that inflation is not a mere by-product of random economic forces. Instead it is a stealth tax primarily paid by savers and pensioners. Furthermore, it has been used by successive governments since 1945 as a tool to manage the UK's debts. The book examines likely future inflation scenarios in the UK and the best ways to save and invest in those environments. Contents: SECTION I - INFLATION 1. Inflation - why you should be worried 2. What is inflation? 3. Theories of inflation 4. Measuring inflation: RPI/CPI SECTION II - DEBT 5. Government debt and the UK's Financial Dunkirk 6. Labour's post war solution to the debt 7. US inflation reduces UK debts 8. Debt: 1970s onwards SECTION III - INFLATION TAX 9. The benefits of inflation tax 10. Who pays inflation tax? 11. Disguising inflation tax 12. Problems with inflation tax SECTION IV - THE IMPLICATIONS 13. How to pay less inflation tax 14. Future debt and inflation scenarios 15. Concluding thoughts

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Monkey with a Pin (8 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957303815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957303812
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pete is as an author with an inquiring mind. He is not one to blindly accept the orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. Instead, he forms his opinions by painstakingly re-evaluating the facts - and sometimes coming to different conclusions.
He has a Psychology degree and is a market researcher. He's well known within that industry as a conference speaker and also an innovator. He was the first person to run commercial online surveys in the UK in the mid-1990s. He founded the first UK online market research agency in 1998 and now works part time for them (Join the Dots).

Pete's other interests include gardening, and he recently created allotments in his local village for 150 people. He also runs fungi identification courses and is in the process of walking the entire coast of England and Wales with his wife.

Pete can be contacted on twitter: @petecomley or by email: pete.comley@monkeywithapin.com.

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"An invaluable, insightful and readable examination of the hidden government tax none of us can escape." Simon Rose, Save our Savers

Inflation Tax is the first book to present in simple easy to read way why inflation is such a big problem in the UK (even at low levels). It is reducing the standard of living of most people and redistributing wealth from savers to debtors.
The book shows that inflation is not a mere by-product of random economic forces. Instead it is a stealth tax primarily paid by savers and pensioners. Furthermore, it has been used by successive governments since 1945 as a tool to manage the UK’s debts.
The book examines likely future inflation scenarios in the UK and the best ways to save and invest in those environments.

Contents:
SECTION I - INFLATION
1. Inflation - why you should be worried
2. What is inflation?
3. Theories of inflation
4. Measuring inflation: RPI/CPI
SECTION II - DEBT
5. Government debt and the UK's Financial Dunkirk
6. Labour's post war solution to the debt
7. US inflation reduces UK debts
8. Debt: 1970s onwards
SECTION III - INFLATION TAX
9. The benefits of inflation tax
10. Who pays inflation tax?
11. Disguising inflation tax
12. Problems with inflation tax
SECTION IV - THE IMPLICATIONS
13. How to pay less inflation tax
14. Future debt and inflation scenarios
15. Concluding thoughts

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4.0 out of 5 stars Why you should be scared about inflation 20 July 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is a personal view which might have been titled "Everything a private investor needs to know about inflation'. It starts with a basic discussion of 'what is inflation' and moves on to deal in some detail with subjects such as 'why does inflation happen', 'how is inflation measured', 'why does the government have an interest in allowing inflation', 'how do I protect myself from inflation?' (Answer: 'with difficulty'!)

The central messages are that even lowish inflation erodes wealth rapidly and that the interests of savers / small private investors and the government are, (to put it mildly), imperfectly aligned.

The book is written in an easy, relaxed style and is pitched at a level which does not require prior knowledge of the subject. Trained economists and more sophisticated investors may find the sections on these subjects slightly basic (although they will almost certainly learn much from other sections). However for anyone who is concerned about inflation, or indeed who is inclined to think that 3-4% inflation is of no great concern, or who is too young to remember the 1970s in my view 'Inflation Tax' is essential reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and easy to read, yet informative 25 July 2013
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I like to think I have some idea of what inflation is and that the flip side of it eroding the level of government debt in real terms is that it also erodes personal wealth. I also sometimes think it would be nice to know more about why, for instance. 2% has been chosen as the magic number that many governments seem to target for inflation, or what is likely to happen when they try to unwind QE. But then I get put off by the thought of seeking answers in an economics text book that is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

If you're in the same boat, read this book. It's short, it's easy to read, it flows well, it doesn't treat the reader as an idiot, and yet it conveys a huge amount of information and pulls together the facets of debt, inflation and government policy in a coherent and satisfying way.

The assertion that inflation is deliberately used as a form of taxation in the UK (and elsewhere) in order to reduce its debt burdens is bold, and you may not necessarily agree with it (though the author supports his view with plenty of evidence), but even if you don't you can still learn a lot from this book.

Those, like me, who believe an understanding of history always helps will particularly enjoy the sections that deal with how present day government policy on debt and inflation came to be. And, as you might expect from an author with a market research background, the use of statistics and charts is excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 26 July 2013
By Mike M
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Written with his usual clarity, and very well researched, the author 'lifts the lid' on how and why politicians are taxing you without consent. This is essential reading for anyone and everyone who works, saves, or just lives in this country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It all sounds terribly true! 19 Aug 2013
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Read this book - it has the ring of truth about it (does steady inflation linked to low interest rates sound familiar?). This book explains why it is Government policy to maintain these two states and why it is so dangerous for peoples wealth over a period of time.

Unfortunately - there is not too much the individual can do to avoid this hidden taxation. But I think Voters should understand what is being done to their savings/pensions (and why). Maybe they would then consider voting for a different approach if given an informed choice.
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