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“Inflation Busters”

There are a lot of positives in economic growth, but one downside is the inflation that sometimes comes with it. An increase in the GDP rate, consumer prices and, inevitably, interest rates often follow as well.

In recent months, we’ve seen a jump in gas rates; home prices are rising at the quickest pace in nearly 10 years; and the rising cost of medical care — which had slowed down until this year — is back on the ascent. While today’s global markets and automation technology help keep price increases down on most consumer goods, inflation can still impact the long-term purchasing power of a conservative retirement portfolio.

That’s why some investors incorporate securities touted as “inflation busters” because they can provide ongoing income growth but are still considered low-risk instruments. Inflation-busting portfolio options could include:

  • Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) — Government-issued bonds that adjust principal value each month to align with inflation (or deflation).
  • Floating-rate fund — This type of fund typically invests in variable rate bank loans issued to companies with substandard credit ratings. Because the interest rate adjusts according to a short-term benchmark, they offer ongoing income opportunity.
  • Stocks as an asset class have historically outpaced the rate of inflation in the long haul. Yet some sectors weather an inflationary environment better than others. For example, the energy, industrials and materials sectors generally outperform more interest rate-sensitive sectors such as utilities and telecommunications during periods of rising inflation.
  • Real estate has long been recognized as an inflation hedge, but some retirees don’t want to get into the business of being a landlord. One way to potentially reap the gains of real estate income without a direct investment is to explore the benefits and risks of a real estate investment trust (REIT), REIT mutual fund or REIT ETF.

The content provided here is designed to provide general information on the subjects covered. It is not, however, intended to provide specific legal or tax advice.  Contact us at info@securedretirements.com or call us at (952) 460­-3260 to schedule a time to discuss your financial situation and the potential role of investments in your financial strategy.

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Ryan Keapproth

Ryan Keapproth

Retirement Planner

Ryan is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. Ryan’s holistic approach centers on wealth management strategies with a focus on income planning throughout retirement. As a Financial Advisor, Ryan is an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR), life and health insurance licensed and a Certified Tax Preparer. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with an Accounting and Finance major.

Ryan is a lifelong Minnesotan originally from Woodbury and currently residing in Bloomington with his wife, Riamae, and their rescue Terrier Beagle mix, Douglas. He and his family are avid travelers in their free time. Ryan enjoys playing golf and poker, and describes himself as a major foodie enjoying new restaurants around the cities whenever possible. He is a sports fan especially when the Vikings and Timberwolves are playing.