Real Assets for Real Inflation (Infographic)

I’ve talked about how to fight the money thief that is inflation before, even though inflation is “officially” low right now. In fact, at the end of April, inflation was at just 1.5 percent.*

But we can all feel the effect of real inflation on our wallets today, whether it’s official or not. Food prices are on the rise, as are home prices and rents. Most of us also feel the pinch of higher healthcare costs and other expenses.

What’s tough about inflation is that it’s entirely unpredictable. That’s why your portfolio should be prepared at all times.

The infographic below shows how inflation can shrink your future purchasing power. It also explains how real assets, such as natural resources, real estate and infrastructure, can help your portfolio keep pace.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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