GMB #137: All About I-Bonds, TIPS, and Bond Investing in Inflationary Times

As inflation continues to rise, many questions have come up regarding best practices for safeguarding investments. This week on Grow Money Business, Grant takes a deep dive into bond investing in an inflationary market, and answers some important questions about Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) and I-bonds. Throughout the episode, Grant shares his thoughts on when they may be a good fit for your portfolio, as well as some important considerations and strategic approaches to bond investing.

 

 

Show Notes

[04:07] Bond Investing – Grant explains the process of bond investing and the importance of allocating a portion of your portfolio to US government securities.

[08:44] Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities – Grant discusses the similarities and distinctions between ordinary US government securities and treasury inflation-protected securities.

[13:41] Interest Rate Risk – Grant explains why the value of TIPS are decreasing even though they are intended to protect investors against inflation.

[21:26] I Bonds – Grant describes the structure of I-Bonds, and shares his thoughts on who is best suited to invest in them.

[25:48] $10,000 Limitation – Grant shares a strategic approach on how to circumvent the $10,000 per year per person investment limit that the Treasury Direct website imposes.

[29:00] Emergency Fund Cash – Grant explains why he does not recommend investing emergency fund cash in I-bonds.

[32:50] Borrowings – Grant describes how rising inflation affects borrowing and how to benefit from borrowing in inflationary times.

 

Resources

GMB Ep #105: All About Inflation

 

From October 2020 to October 2021, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers grew by 6.2 percent, which according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was the most significant 12-month gain since November 1990. In relation to this data, we have dedicated today’s episode to exploring more about inflation. Throughout this episode, Grant shares his thoughts about the impact of inflation on the present economic environment and numerous ways to mitigate the risk of inflation.

 

 

Show Notes

[04:21] CPI – Grant explains what CPI is and its relationship with the inflation rate.

[06:40] Inflation – Grant explains inflation in simple terms, pointing out several misconceptions about it.

[09:20] Will the History Repeat? – Grant analyzes and compares the current economic context in the US with the economy in the late 70s and early 80s.

[10:12] Gold and US Dollars – Grant broadly explains the evolution of the relationship between gold and US dollars.

[15:30] Present Economic Situation – Grant delves deeply into the current economic climate in the United States from various perspectives and then provides his thoughts on those observations.

[20:55] TIPS – Grant discusses how increasing your allocation to Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities can act as an inflation hedge.

[23:32] Series I bonds – Grant identifies investing in these types of bonds as an excellent alternative to hedge inflation.

[28:26] Investing in Gold – Grant discusses the potential of investing in gold and shares his thoughts on the matter.

[32:12] Equity – Grant identifies equities as an excellent inflation hedge in the long term.

[34:52] Asset Allocation– As a final remark, Grant discusses his ideas on asset allocation in general.

 

Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics & CPI-U: bls.gov/cpi/

Treasury Direct & Series I Bonds: treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/prod_ibonds_glance.html