Inflation Archive

Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker (top right) and President Richard Nixon (bottom right) with scenes of inflation from the 1940s and ‘70s. BEN KOTHE FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

How Previous Generations Handled Inflation Crises

The great late Maya Angelou famously said when speaking about important lessons from the past: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”  Even though, she was not referring to inflation,… Continue reading

 
President Reagan meets with Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker in the Oval Office, July 16, 1981. PHOTO: BETTMANN ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

Lessons From the Great Inflation of 1973-81

Former Federal Reserve Chairman, Paul Volcker, will be remembered for many policy decisions that still outlive his tenure. More specifically, the lessons learned from his handling of the Great Inflation of 1973-81 will be amongst the most relevant. As we… Continue reading

 
2021 embossed in a brick wall. A dollar sign foil balloon floating in front.

Last Year’s Recovery Was Good. Why Do We Feel Insecure Now?

If 2021 felt like the year that everything fell apart, well, you’re not alone in that reaction. In the following detailed analysis, senior economics writer Neil Irwin of The New York Times does a masterful job of explaining the shifting… Continue reading

 

Recent Rise in Inflation: Temporary or Permanent?

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How each generation invests is a fascinating topic.  For instance, the generation that grew up in the Great Depression is known for over-the-top frugality. What people today might call “life hacks” often are nothing more than the way great-grandma and… Continue reading

 

How Rebalance Changed Its Portfolios to Manage Increased Inflation Risk

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Investors of a certain age, almost all, remember the last bout we faced as a country in terms of serious inflation, back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those years of rising prices baked into the economy came to… Continue reading

 
carton of gold eggs falling. The carton says 4% Rule Nest Eggs on it.

The 4% Retirement Rule May Not Work Anymore!

Rising inflationary pressures are wreaking havoc with the longtime 4% retirement spending rule. This classic financial planning shortcut is under pressure. Check out this compelling analysis from The Wall Street Journal. Rising inflation today may suggest that the 4% rule… Continue reading