How Can You Protect Your Portfolio Against Inflation?

June 14, 2021
As investors eye rising prices, are there ways to manage a portfolio that can offset some of the effects of inflation?

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  • If you'd like to learn more about investments that could help you protect against inflation, including our ETF and mutual fund Select lists, check out Schwab.com/Research.
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  • If you'd like to learn more about investments that could help you protect against inflation, including our ETF and mutual fund Select lists, check out Schwab.com/Research.
  • Follow Mark Riepe and Kathy Jones on Twitter: @MarkRiepe and @KathyJones.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve has engaged in a great experiment: They are testing whether massive amounts of new money can heal the damage from macroeconomic catastrophes, such as the financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. For years, investors have asked persistent questions about the likelihood of high inflation and how to help protect a portfolio against it.

In this episode, Mark speaks with Kathy Jones, Schwab's chief fixed income strategist. They discuss the history of inflation in the U.S. economy—including the gold standard and the key players at the Federal Reserve—as well as hyperinflation and recent fears of rising prices.

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