This Element is an excerpt from Higher Returns from Safe Investments: Using Bonds, Stocks, and Options to Generate Lifetime Income (9780137003358) by Marvin Appel. Available in print and digital formats.
Protecting yourself against inflation with the world’s safest investment: Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).
Inflation is the enemy of the bond investor and is your enemy if you’re on a fixed income. Once you lock in a rate of return, if prices rise faster than your investment, you are stuck. Fortunately, the federal government offers you a guaranteed way to beat inflation: Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), a.k.a., inflation-indexed Treasury notes (or bonds).