Given the federal government’s unprecedented spending spree and money-printing splurge over the last year, many critics have warned that such fiscal irresponsibility could result in a destructive wave of inflation. Berkshire Hathaway CEO and billionaire investor Warren Buffett owns a number of large homebuilding companies—and he just warned that they’re seeing inflation on the rise.
“We are seeing very substantial inflation,” Buffet said at a Sunday shareholder meeting. “It’s very interesting. We are raising prices. People are raising prices to us and it’s being accepted.”
Indeed, surging prices are becoming a grave problem in the housing sector. This has ramifications for all of us. Inflation often feels like an abstract concept, but it hits everyday people the hardest. In one example, the ongoing surge in lumber prices over the last year, one of many current manifestations of inflation, has increased the price of a typical new single-family home by nearly $36,000.
And, in an example that hits even closer to home, FEE’s Hannah Cox recently reported on an ongoing surge in food and grocery prices that threatens Americans’ ability to keep food on the table.
“Food prices jumped 3.9 percent in 2020,” Hannah explained. “Unfortunately, this trend seems poised to continue. The US Department of Agriculture estimates grocery bills could increase by another 3 percent in 2021, while some experts are betting on even longer-term problems.”
She notes that meat prices increased 5.5 percent last year, while there was a whopping 11.3 percent increase in the price of fruits like apples and strawberries.
Food and housing inflation are just the beginning.
A recent Bank of America survey found that investors rank inflation overall as their top concern. Even some liberal-leaning economists like former Obama cabinet official Larry Summers—favorably predisposed to big-spending plans—are sounding the alarm.
“I think there’s a real possibility that within the year we’re going to be dealing with the most serious, incipient inflation problem we’ve faced in the last 40 years,” Summers said.
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