Adrian Ash from Bullion Vault asks: What if the Central Banks actually have it right and money starts to gain in value?
Back in 2002, three years after Japanese consumer prices began falling and one year after the Bank of Japan first embarked on quantitative easing to try and reverse that trend, Tokyo's Economic & Industrial Policy Bureau organized a survey of consumer experiences.
All told, 80% of respondents in 2002 said they felt some level of deflation in prices. A little over 25% felt deflation "very strongly", in fact. And only 1% said there had there been no deflation in their experience.
Yet gold prices in both the Tocom futures market and in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district had risen 37% regardless. That gave early buyers of the ultimate (and apparently one-trick) "inflation hedge" a better than 40% gain in real terms.