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Planning and Investing for Inflation

Inflation is affecting us all. Home buyers and families saving for college certainly saw the cost of those big goals grow at an alarming pace. For the most part, though, increases in the cost of day-to-day living seemed pretty tame. Until recently.

While homeowners may not be affected by home price inflation, the cost of home renovations (when you can find a contractor) have caused many to put their projects on hold.

If you're renting or searching for a home, you're probably not surprised to hear those rents have increased 10 percent nationwide and home purchase prices are up nearly 20 percent over last year.

So, how can you manage your financial plan and invest your portfolio to stay ahead of inflation?

Plan ahead!


  • Money market and savings accounts pay such low interest that after taxes and inflation, your money is shrinking in value.
  • If your portfolio is small or you just like having savings tucked away separately from your portfolio, check out for a list of higher paying money markets or CDs.
  • If you have a good bead on your monthly expenses, you can more easily hold less emergency cash.
  • If you're fortunate enough to have a portfolio invested in 30-40 percent or more fixed income, you can hold less emergency cash because you have liquidity to allow withdrawals for unexpected expenses.

Investment diversification

  • Your stock funds can be a big help against inflation. Now is a good time to check your portfolio asset allocation if you haven't rebalanced in the past 12 months. You may find that your portfolio is over weighted towards stocks. If that's the case, it's time to sell some stock funds and buy bond funds to rebalance.
  • Bond funds can struggle a bit as the business cycle matures and inflation starts to loom. As interest rates start to go up (or threaten to increase) bonds can lose value. This isn't a reason to sell them, but it is a reason to look more closely at the funds you own.
  • The duration of the bond fund is an important measure. Duration is a measure of the interest rate risk or inflation risk in your bond fund. The duration combines the fund's maturity and interest rate as one easy-to-use measure. You can find your bond fund's duration on its profile at If we'd done an Investment Recommendation for you, your bond portfolio duration (the inflation risk of all your bond funds taken together) is listed in the Recommendation report. In inflationary times, we like to keep bond portfolios around 5-6 years in duration to limit inflation risk.

TIPS and IBonds

  • TIPS are Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. IBonds are Series I Savings Bonds. You can get both through
  • TIPS pay a fixed rate of interest. The principal value of the bond changes with inflation so that the money returned at maturity has kept up with inflation.
  • TIPS are available through mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and individually. Their interest income and growth in principal is exempt from state and local taxes.
  • IBonds have 2 interest rates
    • A fixed rate, currently at 0 percent.
    • A variable rate that changes every 6 months.
  • Currently, the variable rate is an annualized 7.12 percent. So if you buy a bond between now and April 2022, you'll earn 3.56 percent over the first 6 months until the rate resets.
  • You can purchase a limit of $10,000 in IBonds per year per person, held electronically in a Treasury Direct account.
  • You can purchase up to $5,000 in paper IBonds using your federal tax refund.

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