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Diversify to Fight Inflation

While investors have already begun guarding their portfolios against inflation, current data has yet to exhibit clear signs of this particular economic worry. The market for inflation-protection investments has run up hard and fast despite little hard data.

Fears caused by inflation or even deflation, however, remind us of why it is increasingly important to have a well diversified portfolio. Chasing inflation fears or any trend is likely to result in losses. A well-diversified, long-term investing approach is the best way to battle economic uncertainty.

While actual inflation is low, it may be the best time to invest a small portion of your portfolio to guard against it for the next few years.

At the time of publication, Dion was long IAU, TIP, QQQQ, DIA and SPY.

Don Dion is the publisher of the Fidelity Independent Adviser family of newsletters, which provides to a broad range of investors his commentary on the financial markets, with a specific emphasis on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. With more than 100,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 29 other countries, Fidelity Independent Adviser publishes six monthly newsletters and three weekly newsletters. Its flagship publication, Fidelity Independent Adviser, has been published monthly for 11 years and reaches 40,000 subscribers.

Dion is also president and founder of Dion Money Management, a fee-based investment advisory firm to affluent individuals, families and nonprofit organizations, where he is responsible for setting investment policy, creating custom portfolios and overseeing the performance of client accounts. Founded in 1996 and based in Williamstown, Mass., Dion Money Management manages assets for clients in 49 states and 11 countries. Dion is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Maine and has more than 25 years' experience working in the financial markets, having founded and run two publicly traded companies before establishing Dion Money Management.

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