# Inflation.

How many years will it take untill a million dollars won’t be a big deal any more, or as much a big deal as it is now?
Ok, maybe that’s too broad so I’ll ask it like this. When will \$1,000,000 be worth what \$1,000 is worth now, for example?

Shouldn’t this be in GQ?

(Aah! Sorry, that’s a cliche, isn’t it? Sorry, sorry sorry …)

Inflation rate in the US is 1.9 % currently. Assuming it remains constant (which is not realistic, see page below), we can do the following calculation:

\$1,000,000 = \$1,000 * 1.019[sup]t[/sup], t being the number of years until \$1,000 will have turned into \$1,000,000. 1.019 because if the rate of inflation is 1.9 %, you get each year’s amount by multiplying the one from the year before by 1.019.

We divide by \$1,000 and get

1000 = 1.019[sup]t[/sup]

Hell, I need logarithms for that, and I don’t know how to get those on my calculator. But with some trial and error, I found that 1.019[sup]350[/sup] = 726 and 1.019[sup]400[/sup] = 1860, so t must be in between.

Here’s a good website about rates of inflation in the US of A during the centuries:

http://minneapolisfed.org/economy/calc/cpihome.html

[sub]It definitely is time I quit school and forget bloody math lessons ;)[/sub]