• Inflation's Impact
  • Our Viewpoint
  • Position Your Portfolio
  • Fund Solutions

Investors need to stay ahead of inflation.

Inflation can be bad news for investors. It causes a sustained increase in the prices of goods and services and erodes your future purchasing power. In other words, today's dollar won't buy as much down the road. That's why it's important to consider ways to fight inflation in your investment portfolio.

Inflation Is Always a Threat PDF Inflation Erodes Purchasing Power PDF
Inflation has been modest over the last 50 years,
            but history shows it can change unexpectedly Even modest inflation can erode your purchasing power
Since 1960, inflation has averaged 4.1% annually. The higher the rate of inflation, the less your dollars will be able to purchase.

Next: Our Viewpoint - Inflation perspective and strategies for your portfolio.


Is higher inflation on the horizon? What can you do?

A whole host of factors are currently constraining inflation, but U.S. monetary and fiscal policies and a number of global economic imbalances suggest high and rising inflation could be on the horizon. But because it's impossible to predict inflation outcomes, we suggest a modest, permanent allocation to inflation-hedging investments.

Inflation Monitor

  • The Inflation Monitor provides our global macro strategy team's views on inflation.

Next: Position Your Portfolio - Ideas for adding inflation hedges.

Scale inflation hedges to match your risk.

Retirement is when investors face the greatest inflation risk because they need to fund the greatest amount of time in retirement, and typically aren't making regular contributions to offset declines. How much of an inflation hedge could you need?

Guidelines for Fighting Inflation in Your Portfolio  Guidelines for Adding Inflation Hedges in Your Portfolio PDF

Three approaches to add inflation-hedging assets to your portfolio.

When you've determined how inflation might affect your portfolio in the future, we offer three approaches, depending on how you want to manage your investments and how your portfolio is currently positioned:

  1. Diversified Approach: Does your portfolio need diversification as well as inflation-hedging components?
  2. Comprehensive Inflation Approach: If your portfolio is already diversified, do you want an "off-the-shelf," single-fund inflation option to add to your existing investments?
  3. Individual Approach: Would you prefer to buy individual stock and bond funds that invest in inflation hedges to complement your existing portfolio?

Three Approaches to Adding Inflation-Hedging Assets Integrating Inflation Hedges into Your Portfolio PDF

Next: Fund Solutions - Protect your purchasing power.


Learn more about the fund solutions we offer to help you hedge against inflation risk.

Inflation-Hedging Fund Solutions Inflation-Hedging Fund Solutions PDF

1. Diversified Approach American Century Investments® Asset Allocation Portfolios A mix of stock, bond and money market funds in a single fund; inflation-hedging investments are already built in to these broadly diversified portfolios.
2. Comprehensive Inflation Approach Strategic Inflation Opportunities Fund1 A single, "off-the-shelf' portfolio that combines individual inflation hedges positioned for a variety of inflation environments; this single fund can be added to your existing diversified portfolio.
3. Individual Fund Inflation Approach Real Estate Fund2,3, Global Gold Fund3, Short Duration Inflation Protection Bond Fund and Inflation-Adjusted Bond Fund4 Individual inflation-hedging funds that you can mix and match to add to your existing diversified portfolio.

1The value of the fund's shares may fluctuate significantly in the short term. At any given time your shares may be worth less than the price you paid for them. Since inflation-indexed securities trade at prevailing real, or after-inflation, interest rates, changes in these rates affect the value of such securities owned by the fund. Generally, when real interest rates rise, the value of these securities will decline. The opposite is true when real interest rates decline. Debt securities also are subject to credit risk. Investment in debt securities issued by entities other than the U.S. Treasury or U.S. government and its agencies may increase the potential credit risk associated with the fund. The fund's commodity-related investments may be subject to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities. Investing in foreign securities has certain unique risks that make it generally riskier than investing in U.S. securities. Investing in securities of issuers located in emerging market countries generally is riskier than investing in securities of companies located in foreign developed countries. The fund is classified as non-diversified; therefore, it may be more volatile than if it was diversified.

2Understanding inherent risks such as interest rate fluctuation, credit risk and economic conditions are important when considering an investment in real estate.

3Due to the limited focus of these funds, they may experience greater volatility than funds with a broader investment strategy. They are not intended to serve as a complete investment program by themselves.

4The prospectus contains very important information about the characteristics of the underlying security and potential tax implications of owning this fund.


Prepare your portfolio for inflation, no matter what your investing style.


Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.

This material has been prepared for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, investment, accounting, legal or tax advice.