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Advice: Even Mild Inflation Should Scare You

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Our average historical inflation rate, going back to 1913, is an innocuous looking 3.42%. But that "tolerable" rate adds up to total of more than 2,000% inflation! Or to put it another way, a dollar today is only worth 4.8 cents in 1913 dollars.

What happened to the value of our money? Inflation has eaten away at our buying power. The government took our money by stealth, in small increments, by the secret tax that inflation enacts on all our savings. The more money government "creates," the less valuable our existing money becomes.

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They Just Don't Get Inflation! (Video)

Marek Fuchs grinds his heel into those who don't mention August price drops when reporting July's increases.

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Making Sure Investments Beat Inflation

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With inflation on the rise and "safe" investments offering paltry returns, it's important to make sure you're not actually losing money on your CDs, money-market accounts or bonds.So where should investors stash their loot?

"Go with a good bond fund or money-market fund," says Christine Benz, director of personal finance at Morningstar.

Though money-market yields are not quite as attractive as CDs, investors have the flexibility to move cash around if interest rates improve. When choosing funds, it might be wise to look at tax-sheltered investments like municipal bonds to avoid a "double whammy with inflation and tax costs," Benz says. Another important factor to consider is the expense ratio, which shows how large the fees are.

If you're looking to lock in rates for a bit longer -- say, three to five years -- municipal and agency-backed bonds might be a better strategy, according to Benz. "They have been unduly beaten down and have some of the best ... managers," she adds, citing renowned bond investor Bill Gross, now managing director of Pimco, as an example.

There are also inflation-protected investments, which guarantee positive real returns but still might not offer the best yield over the long-term. For instance, the

Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund

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has a yield of 0.9% tacked onto whatever the inflation rate is. That fund's expense ratio is 0.2%, compared with an average 1.02% for similar bond funds, according to Vanguard.

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Technical Outlook: Consider This TIP

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I currently

early July like the Treasury inflation-protected bonds, such as the

iShares Lehman TIPS Bond Fund

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ETF. I believe that inflation is drastically understated by the U.S. government's numbers and that as long as the world doesn't enter into a global recession, Treasury inflation-protected bonds may turn out to be a pretty good investment option.

Along with the potential of appreciation in the shares, the TIP sports a 5.8% dividend.

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Foreign TIPS Fund One Way to Fight Inflation

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The

SPDR DB International Government Inflation Protected Bond ETF

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stands to be a great diversifier and a way to benefit from the growth (via inflation rates) from many countries without being vulnerable to their stock-market volatility.

The fund can own bonds from 18 different countries weighted by the amount of inflation-protected securities outstanding.

If you follow the foreign fixed-income market at all, you may be familiar with some of the very high yields available in some of the countries in the fund -- but remember that these are inflation-protected issues and they yield less. The big benefit is that the par values of these bonds adjust up at the rate of inflation.

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How to Beat Inflation With ETFs (Video)

Russ Koesterich, managing director at Barclays Global Investors, explains how to whip inflation using ETFs.

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Whip Inflation Now With ETFs

(Anthony Rochte, senior managing director at State Street Global Advisors, says investors can fight soaring gas and food prices with these exchange-traded funds.) and

Fight Food Inflation With These ETNs

(Kurt Nelson, managing director at UBS, says you can make up for big grocery bills by buying exchange-traded notes that track food and commodity indexes.).

From

Use Inflation to Your Benefit

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Rising food prices has brought rising demand for farm equipment. This has kept farm machinery inflation rates well above the long-term average and should benefit industry leaders

Deere

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Agco

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and

CNH Global

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. Unfortunately, the analyst community may have gotten ahead of the news a bit, as all three major manufacturers missed earnings or issued disappointing guidance in the latest quarter.

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