What are ‘Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities,' a.k.a. ‘TIPS?’

TIPS are a type of bond created to protect from inflation

TIPS are a kind of bond created to protect investors from inflation.

Another great investment for fixed income are Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.

TIPS are a kind of treasury bond created to protect investors from inflation. How?

They’re indexed to inflation which means when you receive the semi annual interest payments the government takes the consumer price index into account.

The payments are calculated based on the inflated principal, so if there’s inflation during the life of the bond, it adds the percentage of inflation to protect your investment.

TIPS come in 5, 10 and 30-year maturities. They’re U.S. securities backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, making them very safe with no credit or default risk.

The downside to the investment is they pay a lesser interest rate than a regular U.S. Treasury Note or bond. There shouldn’t be any inflation or deflation.

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Rod Meloni is an Emmy Award-winning Business Editor on Local 4 News and a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional.