Oppenheimer" ... Inflation can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of citizens... and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose."-John Maynard Keynes 

Loss of purchasing power threatens the wealth of many Americans whose household incomes aren't keeping pace with the rising cost of goods and services. Prices are rising for a variety of reasons, including a weaker dollar, higher wages in emerging markets and rising commodity prices. Compounding the problem, savers face low-to-zero real yields on U.S. Treasuries and savings accounts. This paper explains how investors may be able to offset these threats to purchasing power through exposure to asset classes that offer

  • Ownership of real assets or claims on real earnings
  • Potential hedges against dollar weakness and imported price inflation
  • Income growth opportunities that historically have outpaced inflation or rising interest rates
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