While there have been lots of headlines and hand-wringing on inflation lately, thus far interest rates, which tend to surge along with inflation, have remained tame. Rates on everything from savings accounts to mortgages are still bouncing along near historic lows.
The question is, how long can that last?
One school of thought, advanced by the Federal Reserve, is that inflationary pressures, now showing up as higher prices on everything from used cars to factory wages, are “transitory” and will begin receding as pandemic labor and supply chain shocks subside.
Others think inflation is here to stay. That could have a negative impact on both stocks and bonds. That’s because the fate of both stocks and bonds, along with many other investments, is intimately tied to interest rates.
When rates are low, as they have been for a decade, companies pay less to borrow and have more to spend, which boosts profits. When rates rise, the opposite occurs: higher borrowing costs, lower profits, lower stock profits.
Rising rates also mean that safer investments, like savings accounts and government bonds, will look increasingly attractive relative to stocks, resulting in money leaving stocks, driving down prices.
What’s an investor to do? That’s what this week’s “Money!” podcast is about. We’re going to explore specific investments that can not only survive but thrive in rising-rate environments.
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Want more information? Check out these resources:
- Is Inflation About to Trash Your Investments?
- Here’s How Low Interest Rates Will Impact Your Retirement
- U.S. News & World Report: How Rising Interest Rates Impact Investors
- Barron’s: How to Protect Your Portfolio From the Inflation Storm
- Barron’s: Inflation Is Here and Hotter Than It Looks. Why It’s Time to Worry.
- Barron’s: How the Fed Could Blow the Inflation Response — and What’s at Stake
- Barron’s: Inflation Has Run Hot for a Long Time. The Fed Knows It.
- New York Times: On inflation, it’s past time for team ‘transitory’ to stand down
- Investopedia: How to Prepare for Rising Interest Rates
- Kiplinger: 7 Best ETFs for Rising Interest Rates
- Kiplinger: 10 Best Stocks for Rising Interest Rates
- U.S. News & World Report: 7 ETFs for Rising Interest Rates
- The Balance: Best Stocks and Sectors for Rising Interest Rates
- CNBC: Here are some moves to consider during a period of rising interest rates
- Investopedia: These Sectors Benefit From Rising Interest Rates
- Barron’s: 9 Stocks That Could Be Good Deals as Interest Rates Climb
- InvestorPlace: 7 Stocks That Could Be Big Winners From Increasing Interest Rates
- Wall Street Journal: What Does Inflation Mean for American Businesses? For Some, Bigger Profits
- CNBC: Warren Buffett says these businesses do the best during periods of high inflation
- Marketwatch: Inflation scare? The stocks that perform best — and worst — when prices rise
- Bloomberg: Getting Inflation Right Is a Make-or-Break Moment on Wall Street
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