Inflation is running hot…
From 2009 through 2019, lumber ran about $400 per thousand board feet.
Last month, it hit a high of $1,600.
And even after a recent pullback, it’s still trading around $900… 225% above the historical average.
Meanwhile, used car prices are up 25% since last year. Used truck prices are up 44%.
Even basic food items are up sharply. For example, cereal and bakery items are up 5% from a year ago.
At this point, there’s no way to know if these trends are just shorter-term aftershocks caused by the pandemic… or the beginning of a prolonged bout of rising prices.
And that’s why we recommend a diversified portfolio of investments that can keep your money growing as fast as possible – everything from cryptos to collectibles.
But if you still have some cash sitting in a money market, certificate of deposit (CD), short-term Treasury, or other “risk-free” equivalent… I’ll share with you a type of ultra-safe, income-producing bond that you might not know about.
Ironically, it comes straight from the U.S. government – the same entity helping fuel inflation with its multitrillion-dollar stimulus programs. And it’s specifically designed to counteract the ravages of inflation.
It’s a special type of U.S. savings bond that pays roughly six times as much income as the very best savings and money market accounts.
If you’re looking to beat inflation, it’s the perfect investment to add to your portfolio. In fact, I’ve bought them for everyone in my household.
And below, I’ll explain why you should, too.
But before I get to that, let me show you how these investments fit into our overall wealth-building strategy at PBRG.
The Safe Way to Get Life-Changing Gains
Wall Street likes to recommend making outsized bets to try and get mediocre returns.
We recommend doing it the other way around: Making relatively small bets on investments that can deliver life-changing gains.
We do this by using a two-part strategy.
First, we find safe, conservative ideas that generate multiple streams of income.
Then we put a portion of that safe income into what we call “asymmetric” risk investing.
Symmetric risk is when you invest $100 for a chance to make $100. That’s a 100% return. But triple-digit returns are rare in the stock market…
That’s why typical investors end up making a very unfair negative asymmetric bet.
They often can’t bank more than the average annual return on the S&P 500… about 10%. So they’ll put up $100 for the chance to make just $10 per year.
What we do is something very different. We put you in the position to harness the effects of positive asymmetric risk.
With positive asymmetric risk, you put up the same $100… but you stand to make $100,000 – or more.
This approach allows you to turn tiny grubstakes into life-changing gains without putting your current lifestyle at risk.
But again, taking these outsized bets is only possible because of the first step of our roadmap.
Today’s idea fits into that part of our process: generating safe income.
Not only will this investment do that… it’ll help you beat rising inflation, too.
A U.S. Savings Bond That Actually Fights Inflation
The “safe” income idea I’m talking about is the Series I Savings Bonds. (They’re also called I-Bonds). The U.S. Treasury launched them in 1998.
Like other Treasury bonds, the U.S. government directly issues and backs these investments.
They’re virtually guaranteed to keep pace with rising prices. (Albeit, as measured by the flawed Consumer Price Index.)
But unless the U.S. government defaults on its debt, you can’t lose any principal on I-Bonds – even if we experience deflation… or you need to cash them out before maturity.
That’s because, like their better-known counterparts – Series EE Savings Bonds – their value doesn’t fluctuate even though you earn interest for holding them.
The interest from these bonds is comprised of two different components that are adjusted every six months.
The first is a baseline interest rate. And while there have been some blips as high as 0.5%, it’s largely been 0% for more than a decade.
This part of the interest is locked in when you buy the bond.
The other component is the inflation-pegged interest rate. It varies over time along with the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).
The new rate is announced every six months on May 1 and November 1. And I-Bond holders receive the new rate every time it changes.
That also means the interest compounds semiannually – earning holders more interest on the interest they’ve already collected.
And at a composite rate of 3.54%, the total interest paid out is as high as it’s been in roughly a decade.
That’s roughly six times higher than what you’d get from even the best money market and savings accounts right now… And more than four times higher than the highest-yielding 1-year CDs I could find.
And as we’ve already established, you get direct government backing… which is even better than having money in an FDIC-insured bank account or CD.
On top of that, you’ll get other benefits such as certain tax breaks and the chance to see yields go up over time.
In fact, the interest you earn from I-Bonds is exempt from regular state and local taxes.
Plus, if you use the proceeds for qualified education expenses, your gains could be free from federal taxation as well.
Add it all up and I-Bonds are a safe, income-generating idea. That makes them the perfect complement to our asymmetric ideas like cryptos and private equity deals.
The Next Step In Your Wealth-Building Plan
You can purchase up to $10,000 of electronic I-Bonds per social security number every calendar year in whatever denomination you prefer – right down to the cent (with a $25 minimum.) Just visit www.treasurydirect.gov.
And if you get a tax refund, you can purchase up to $5,000 of paper I-Bonds every calendar year as well ($50 minimum). You can see this option on the 1040 tax form.
The only real downside with I-Bonds?
You can’t cash them in for the first year of ownership. So they’re less liquid than some “cash equivalent” alternatives.
And while I-Bonds earn interest for 30 years… if you redeem them before five years… you’ll forfeit the latest three months of interest.
Given all the other advantages, though… they’re an excellent way to generate safe income and beat inflation.
You can use a portion of that safe income to buy cryptos and private equity. Those ideas could end up being more profitable than all of your safe income combined.
Even if they don’t work out… you’ll continue to replenish your safe income with more interest from your I-Bonds.
With inflation rising, now is a great time to look into I-Bonds.
I’ve purchased them for everyone in my household… And we’ve held them for many years. You should consider doing the same.
Analyst, Palm Beach Daily
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