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Inflation-indexed bonds count as bonds in foreign currency and there's no reason for the government to issue them or the central bank to discount them. Do the math.

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 21st, 2012 at 05:00:43 AM EST
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Errr, so?
Whether or not there is a reason to issue them, they do exist.
Even if they suddenly disappeared, my point remains -inflation would only eat away wealth that is in bank acocunts or non-inflation protected bonds (all bonds in that hypothesis). Direct ownership of productive assets, land, claims over future production would not be affected.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat Jan 21st, 2012 at 06:23:36 AM EST
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If there is no state guarantee of inflation indexed bonds, issuers of such bonds can be driven bankrupt by inflation, and people who put their wealth in them would lose out.

The problem currently is not that they do exist, but that governments (such as the French) do issue them.

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 21st, 2012 at 11:08:19 AM EST
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