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Questions tagged [inflation]

For questions that relate to inflation, which is the general increase in the prices of goods and services over a period of time.

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How can I protect my savings against inflation? [UK]

How can I ensure that my savings keep up with inflation, even after any tax due is taken off the returns?
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How much is inflation?

I'm sure it's different every year (and may even differ by country?), but surely there must be a minimum increase salaried workers would have to earn in order to simply break-even, relative to the ...
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Minimum Required Nest Egg Formula?

As a follow-up to this question, what is the minimum size of a nest egg to support 30 years of $5,583.33 monthly distributions? I want the $5,583.33 to increase with inflation each month. The ...
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Is physical gold inflation-proof?

I always assumed that physical gold is inflation-proof, but my advisor at my bank claimed it is not — unfortunately without going into details. Now I wonder what he meant. My assumption was: If I buy ...
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Why adjust for inflation annually, as opposed to realising it after the holding period?

Why do investors offset their annual returns against inflation, when inflation isn't realised until the end of the holding period (when the investor is actually spending the money)? An example: ...
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Is inflation a good or bad thing? Why do governments want some inflation?

Is inflation a good or bad thing? Why do governments want some inflation?
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What is the best way to invest in gold as a hedge against inflation without having to hold physical gold?

What is the best way to invest in gold as a hedge against inflation without having to hold physical gold? Is it possible for a regular person to just purchase shares in GLD?
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Buying gold / silver as a hedge against hyperinflation

I'm becoming more interested in buying gold / silver coins as a hedge against inflation and especially hyperinflation. I know very little about this, and there are thousands of sites on the internet ...
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Should I stockpile nickels?

As the US dollar continues to be devauled the metal content value of US coins will eventually be worth more than the face value of the coins. There use to be silver in US coins but due to the ...
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Future value of a compound-interest savings account when contributions are inflation linked

I've got a savings objective to achieve in 6 years and I'm trying to work out the percentage of salary I need to put towards it to achieve it. I am trying to work out how to calculate the future ...
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Can you explain the mechanism of money inflation?

Can you explain the mechanism of money inflation in simple words, understandable by non-professional? Where does it come from?
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Where can I invest for the Short Term and protect against Inflation?

I am looking to open some short term savings accounts (Emergency fund, Car fund, etc) that I want to have liquidable, but I may not necessarily touch at all from month to month. I am very worried ...
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High Leverage Inflation Hedges for Personal Investors

I'm looking for an investment that will appreciate against inflation in the US Dollar. I want to be leveraged 10:1 or more. For the sake of argument, let's say I have only $10,000 to invest, which ...
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How do I find the average annual inflation between two dates?

I'm trying to figure out the average inflation between 1926 and 2015 so I can subtract it from the cumulative annual growth rate of average annual bond return during that period (5.4% according to ...
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True cost of a mortgage when considering inflation

For the purposes of this question, let's assume the following: Inflation is and will be a steady 2% I am in the 30% tax bracket and there is a home mortgage interest deduction I have a 30-year fixed ...
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How to determine a reasonable rate of inflation assumption for long-term care?

Would it be reasonable to project that the cost of long-term care and long-term care insurance in the US will go up as fast as health-care inflation, or at some rate closer to the general rate of ...
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How does a monthly inflation rate work?

I'm struggling to understand the following inflation numbers for South Africa given here: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/south-africa/inflation-cpi Year Month Inflation 2015 Jun 4.7 2015 Jul ...
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Is gold really an investment or just a hedge against inflation?

As per the title of this question, is gold something that can really be considered an investment or is it just a useful hedge against inflation? While I can understand the value in having hedges ...
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Should I max or min my affordability on a new home?

Situation: Around 1,000 month disposable between 2 of us. Current mortage outstanding balance is 95k on a 120k property, saving almost entirety of disposable income. Now the situation has arisen ...
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How fast does the available amount of gold in the world increase due to mining?

How much new gold is injected into the economy of the world due to mining activity as a percentage of the already available gold? In other words, what is the annual increase in the amount of gold that ...
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How to calculate cash loss over time?

For example, I got £100 few months ago and I didn't spend them - just kept them in my drawer at home. I understand that those £100 from few months ago is not worth same £100 but it is less today. How ...
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Why compare asset performance using returns, instead of using change factors?

Why do investors compare the returns of assets as opposed to the change factors of assets? E.g. comparing 6% / 4% instead of 106% / 104% to get the comparative performance of two assets. AFAIK ...
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How inflation affects returns and dividends

How inflation is linked to returns AND dividends? We know that adj returns are (1+return)/(1+inflation) -1 But how do we account for dividends? Suppose: 10% annual return 3% inflation 4% dividend ...