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Controller Series: Inflation, Deflation, and Stagflation (1)Controller Series: Inflation, Deflation, and Stagflation (1)

While several years have passed since the Great Recession, economic and political uncertainty have continued to plague business decision-making. The roles and responsibilities of CPAs and finance professionals, meanwhile, has continued to expand. This course is part of a series of short courses that will explore key economic and regulatory issues that will have a substantial impact on financial and accounting decisions for years to come. 

This one hour course will examine and walk-through key Federal Reserve policies following the Great Recession, and its impact on the accounting and finance professional today. Special focus will be given to the impact of these policies on inflation and deflationary pressures, and their impact on business and industry.

Credits: 1
Estimated Length: 1 hour(s)


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Online Lesson1. Controller Series: Inflation, Deflation, and Stagflation -


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of Quantitative Easing and Operation Twist on inflation and deflation rates

  • Identify risks associated with hyperinflation

  • Identify risks associated with deflation

  • Identify risks associated with stagflation 

Major Topics:  

  • Quantitative Easing (QE) and Operation Twist

  • Hyperinflation risks

  • Inflation rate history in the U.S.

  • Reserve policies of the Federal Reserve

  • The velocity of money

  • Deflation and stagflation risks 

Field of Study:  Economics 

Recommended CPE Credit Hours:  1.0 

Course Level: Basic  

Prerequisites:  None 

Designed For: CPAs, industry accounting and finance staff, C-level corporate officers 

Authors: Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA 

Publication Year:  2017

Expiration Date:  Course content is reviewed annually and revised with neccessary changes or else the course is removed.


Matt's Biography:   

Matt currently serves as the President of a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and economic forecasts, and simultaneously serves as the CFO of a tech startup specializing in dynamic pricing and as the CFO of an educational institute based in Washington, D.C. He has additional experience in both alternative investment and public accounting, as well as extensive experience in risk analysis and operations management.

Outside of his consulting work, Matt currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserves with more than 15 years of service in the military. He recently completed an extended tour as the Company Commander for a logistics/distribution unit based in Central Pennsylvania. In 2009, Matt deployed to Iraq where he served dual roles as the Executive Officer of a medical unit and as the Brigade Medical Logistics Officer for the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Matt serves on the Board of Directors of a Philadelphia-based military service organization and previously served as the Audit Committee Chairman of The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. He also participates in numerous political organizations and has served on campaign committees for local, state, federal, and judicial candidates.
Matt holds a B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania & Virginia), and has a Master’s Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through Villanova University.

Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA
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