Best Of TIPS ETFs: Expenses, Dividends, and Returns

Best Of TIPS ETFs: Expenses, Dividends, and Returns
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As central banks around the world continue to plow money into the financial system, investors have been bracing for an eventual uptick in inflationary pressures. While reported inflation throughout the developed world has remained tame–most markets are well within their official “comfort zone”–anxiety over rising prices remains. When the global economy stabilizes and consumers become more able to bear price increases, many expect CPI to spike [see Black Swan Hyperinflation ETFdb Portfolio].

There are a number of different tools for combating inflation. Some swear by commodities, which logically tend to appreciate when inflation arrives. Others believe equities make for a good bet in inflationary environments. But perhaps the most common tool for “inflation-proofing” a portfolio are inflation-protected bonds, securities whose face value adjusts based on reported inflation metrics.

ETFs have become common vehicles for holding TIPS; the Inflation Protected Bonds ETFdb Category consists of more than a dozen exchange-traded products, including domestic and international funds, with aggregate assets of almost $ 30 billion [see a list of all ETFdb Categories]. continues on ETF Database

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5 Tips to Plug Leaks Draining Your 401k
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We all know the biggest risk to investment accounts is performance. If the market tanks, any stock-based mutual fund in your 401k account will decline sharply, too. If bond yields remain paltry, any bond funds you own will perform poorly, too. That’s the way investing works.

But retirement investing strategies that focus only on performance also can lose you a significant amount of money — even in Wall Street’s good times.

That’s because attention to fees and logistics of your 401k or IRA plan can be just as important as picking the right places to put your money. And investors who don’t read the fine print or perform regular portfolio maintenance can see their retirement account languish, even if they have the right funds picked out.

So how do you avoid this fate? Start by avoiding these five hidden ways your 401k plan could be leaking cash.

Are You Getting the Full Match?

Start by making sure you are taking advantage of the full match your employer offers. It’s free money — as long as you take the initiative to ask for it.

The rules differ for every employer, but the bottom line is to take what’s offered. If your company offers 100% on the first 3% of your pay you contribute, set aside 3%. If your company offers a 50% match on the first 6%, take all 6%.

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