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Types of Inflation Protected Bonds

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In this episode, Adam Nash answers the two types of bonds you can buy on the market that are inflation-protected, TIPs & Series I Savings Bonds. Since 2017, Adam Nash has taught “Personal Finance for Engineers” at Stanford. He's covered topics from compensation, investing, to real estate. He’s the Former President and CEO of Wealthfront, Former Vice President of Product & Growth of Dropbox, and on the Board of Directors at Acorns. He’s currently the CEO and co-founder of Daffy, a not-for-profit community built around a new, modern platform for giving.

There are two types of bonds that you can buy on the market easily for most investors that are inflation protected.

There are series I savings bonds and there are treasury inflation protected securities or tips.

And there's a little bit of a story about how we got these two types of bonds.

After the high inflation in the 1970s and 1980s, a lot of research went into how the government could better manage inflation in the future.

And there were a lot of insights that came out of that research, but two of them were very important for ordinary investors.

One was that the government didn't have a great idea of what people expected inflation to be.

And the second was providing investment opportunities for ordinary investors who wanted to save their money and protect it from inflation.

Thus, in the 1990s, they took that advice and released two new types of bonds.

First, treasury inflation protected securities were released in 1997 and are just like normal treasuries with different durations, except they are also protected from inflation.

Series I savings bonds were in addition to the traditional savings bond program, which provided not only a fixed rate of return over 30 years, but also protection from inflation.

And so these are the two most common types of inflation protected bonds on the market today.

Please note that the information contained on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be considered tax advice. Any calculations are intended to be illustrative and do not reflect all of the potential complexities of individual tax returns. To assess your specific tax situation, please consult with a tax professional.

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