I wrote a short post about inflation last year (so far it’s holding up pretty well), but I wanted to revisit the topic because I came across the following really interesting chart (source). This chart contains a lot of useful information but, like many data, it can be interpreted in a lot of different ways … Continue reading Choose Your Own Inflation
Taking Another Look at T-Bills
I've written before about some ways we have tried to have our savings keep up with (or at least close to) inflation. One thing I didn't list was bond mutual funds, which often are considered a fairly safe place to put money that will typically earn better-than-a-savings-account yields. That's because at the time of that … Continue reading Taking Another Look at T-Bills
Musings On Inflation
A huge caveat here: I am not an economic expert and I really, really, don't know what I'm talking about here (even more so than usual). But it helps me to think through things to write them down and, perhaps, someone else can benefit from this (even if it's to disagree). I'm in no way … Continue reading Musings On Inflation
Do You Feel Lucky?
Whenever the topic of investing comes up with teachers (and other folks, but most of my experience is with teachers), two common obstacles often appear: fear and overconfidence. While these obstacles are on opposite ends of a spectrum they both can be very damaging. Let's take a brief look. Fear Probably the more common of … Continue reading Do You Feel Lucky?
How to Help Your Savings Keep Up with Inflation
Most people have a savings account. Sometimes folks have that savings split into different "buckets", perhaps money set aside for future specific purchases (a car, a new furnace), for contingencies (car repairs, an appliance breaks), or more generally as "emergency savings". By its nature, "savings" is different than "investments", because you generally want to take … Continue reading How to Help Your Savings Keep Up with Inflation