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Research Finds Link Between Inflation and Laughter In Federal Reserve Meetings 144

schliz writes "A one percentage point increase in an inflation forecast brings about a 75% rise in laughter, according to an American University PhD student, who studied transcripts of the Federal Open Market Committee at the Federal Reserve. Laughter usually comes in response to witticisms during a meeting at the time of the inflation forecast, and has been shown to be a mechanism for coping with the stress of a perceived threat."
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Research Finds Link Between Inflation and Laughter In Federal Reserve Meetings

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @09:51AM (#44923467)

    From 2012:

  • Re:So? (Score:5, Informative)

    by locofungus ( 179280 ) on Monday September 23, 2013 @10:24AM (#44923733)

    The powerful are fine with inflation. They hold a wide range of assets, some of which will be inflation proof.

    While their net wealth might go down in a time of high inflation, it will go down more slowly than the vast majority of people and the powerful's income is likely to be somewhat inflation proof allowing them to buy up yet more assets as people are forced to sell the few things they own that are inflation proof in order to raise funds for day to day living.

  • by MikeRT ( 947531 ) on Monday September 23, 2013 @10:50AM (#44923917)

    The powerful can absorb the costs more. If you have $20m in cash and inflation reduces your currency's value by 50% that is a negligible loss for you in terms of being able to live comfortably. However, someone who had only $20k in cash savings has been effectively crippled because the loss to their savings has a much nearer term effect on their quality of life. That is to say, a millionaire can get by on inflated millions in savings and be fine until they die if they live a middle class life style, but a middle class person may have just much of their ability to survive unemployment wiped out or reduced from a year down to 3 or six months.

  • Re:So? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:50AM (#44924515)
    You realize it's a comment and not an argument at all, right?
  • Re:So? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Monday September 23, 2013 @11:57AM (#44924573)

    Rofl. Yeah, money in the bank. Julius Baer, Switzerland, in several european currencies. Tokyo, Japan, in several asian currencies. OK how about financial instruments. Short term bonds in dollars (US, Canadian, Australian, NZ), euros, pounds, reals, yen, rubles... Stocks, in several stock exchanges around the world, in diversified sectors. Gold, silver, platinum, copper, diamonds (and I ain't talking jewelry or certificates here). Now let's talk real estate....

    Seriously, you are full of shit. The rich don't give a damn about inflation in one country or the next. What they DO care about is how to profit from the situation. There's always profit, if you're big enough.

  • Re:So? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 23, 2013 @12:56PM (#44925361)

    Like how destructive to everyone the "deflation" of the cost of technology over the last 30 years has been?

    "Deflation" is a canard. It simply means that the actual value created by human innovation and efficiency increases, for a particular lucky domain, hasn't been siphoned off entirely by the financial system. The "goal" of 0% means nothing other than it's a number that the public has been hypnotized into thinking is optimal, for which the siphoners should be praised in acheiving. Quite the opposite. Human progress means the costs of goods and services -should- be going down, and the standard of living going up correspondingly. Those savings on particular goods in a massive scale translate into investment in more jobs and more prosperity, precisely as we have seen in the tech industry, despite having every imaginable impediment and rent-seeing drain placed on it.

    Respect history and the economic realities directly before your eyes before blindly repeating the mantra of theft that keeps the majority of the country making no net economic progress, year after year, decade after decade, generation after generation.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.