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Primarily due to concerns over short-term economic weakness and potential deflation, the Fed recently implemented the controversial QE2, the second round of quantitative easing. Over the past year, prices for all goods rose a meager 1.1%, and core inflation, which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors, inched up 0.8%. Most of these increases occurred before July.

Since July, core inflation has increased by only 0.1%. While certain goods and services have indeed witnessed large increases, notably gasoline, which has increased 7.3% in the past 12 months, and medical care, which has jumped 3.2%, these gains have been offset by flat or negative growth for other goods and services.

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