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Investment: Buying into inflation

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By Mike Amey   February 2013

Four years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, UK inflation remains stubbornly high, growth remains stubbornly weak and the Bank of England remains resolutely committed to supporting growth as best it can. Before inflation is taken into account, growth is 3.1 per cent below the 2008 peak, whereas including inflation it is 7.5 per cent higher.

A series of one-off shocks keeps inflation above target, meaning that real and nominal gross domestic product (GDP) have moved in opposite directions. If this is the case during a period of weak economic activity, whatever the intentions of the Bank, there is…

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