The Link Between Inflation & Interest Rates

QUESTION:

The reason central banks like to have inflation, is because they get to reduce the effective value of their respective national debts over time. I do not know why there is a link between inflation and interest rates, which is assumed in BB’s remarks. Is there any basis for that?

ANSWER: The link between interest rates and inflation is fundamental. If the inflation rate is 20%, you would never lend money at 10% for that would effectively be the same as a negative interest rate. The level of interest rates must be ABOVE the inflation rate to make it profitable to lend. Continue reading