Reddit user SunliMin kept seeing posts saying that we have a crazy inflation rate of 5% annually, that Bitcoin/Litecoin have no inflation rate, and that inflation rate kills currencies. So he wrote a great write up on the topic.
WE DO NOT HAVE A 5% ANNUAL INFLATION RATE:
We have a 5 billion coin inflation rate, and that happens to be 5% for the first year once we hit 100 billion. After a year, that 5% will not be 5%. It will be 5/105=4.7%. In the year 2019 we will be at 4%. The reason is because our 5 billion is a constant. It is NOT a compounding 5% like most fiat currencys have. This is NOT the same as compound interest where it will sky rocket out of control. This is a set amount. A constant. Remember that.
BITCOIN AND LITECOIN HAVE A HIGHER INFLATION RATE THAN 5% FOR THE FOLLOWING YEARS TO COME:
I am in search of the chart showing it, but there was a chart talking about the inflation of Bitcoin/Litecoin/Dogeocin. Basically, Bitcoin will have a higher then 30% inflation rate annually next year. That means that, while we are at 5% that year, Bitcoin will be MORE inflationary then Dogecoin. More supply entering the economy.
Likewise, Litecoin will not reach the halvings needed to be down to 5% inflation until the year 2019. But wait? Dogecoin wont even be at 5% in that year. We will be at 4%, meaning even after 5 years we will still have a lower inflation rate then Litecoin.
Deflationary currencys only become deflationary once they are mined out. Until then, those currencys are and will stay inflationary.
INFLATION DOES NOT KILL A CURRENCY:
People keep saying that inflation makes a currency useless. I keep seeing posts in /new claiming that having a inflationary currency encourages hoarding or people just selling since it is a useless investment. Not only will the other currencys be MORE inflationary then us come that 600,000th block(the 100 billion ‘cap’ that got ‘changed’), but inflation actually does the opposite.
The point of inflation is it makes you THINK you money will be worth less tomorrow then today, so because of that fact it is better to spend your money today to buy that good instead of tomorrow. This makes hoarding a bad idea and essentially encourages trading/buying/selling. That, in turn, strengthens the economy and raises the value of our currency due to having a stronger economy. That is the whole point of inflation – to strengthen a economy by encouraging people to use the money now instead of hoarding it. If our growth exceed 5% annually( or 4.5% ofrwhatever it is for that year), then we just beat the inflation. Why did our growth go up? Because people were not hoarding DUE TO THE INFLATION. As long as we continue to grow our economy, which inflation will help, we will raise in value and beat that inflation.