Thibaut Lepouttre is a highly educated and well respected economist from Belgium. But unlike many of his counterparts who often toe the line of mainstream politicians and financial pundits, he’s not one to sugarcoat the seriousness of the current global economic, financial and monetary environment. According to Lepouttre, while the Federal Reserve has worked feverishly to prevent a widespread destabilization of the system, their machinations will soon be revealed as an abject failure.

Whereas many of his colleagues suggest the possibility of inflation is an unlikely scenario, Lepouttre says that we will see it begin to manifest in the near-term in the form of higher prices for essential resources. In his latest interview he explains why we’re within the prime target dates for inflation to take hold, the snowball effect that will lead to uncontrollable hyperinflation, and how to strategically position assets ahead of this unprecedented monetary event.

Let’s go back to the basics of the economy. It takes a while when money gets printed before it really gets circulated in the system. In normal economic times, it takes like 24 to 36 months before a newly printed $100 bill is really brought into circulation, and you can see the trickle down effects of that. The problem in the current economic situation is the fact that the velocity of money is much slower than it used to be. Due to the lower velocity of the money, it takes much longer before you feel the trickle down effects. So instead of the 24 to 36 months, it’ll take, I’ll say 60-72 months before we see any of the trickle down effects into the real economy. CONTINUE