NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Inflation fears have subsided as the economic outlook has darkened once again. This is boosting the dollar and sending gold prices lower while many observers are pushing the Federal Reserve to take more drastic monetary policy actions to support the economy as a gridlocked Congress stands idle.Even if policymakers overlook the threat of inflation, though, investors shouldn't forget the damage that even low-level inflation can have on their holdings -- particularly at a time when interest rates are at record lows.
Even When Low, Inflation Can Hurt
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