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Inflation-protected bonds
Inflation-protected bonds
Real TIPS yields, which are shielded from inflation, are at a seven-year high.

Fears of inflation have been replaced by fears of deflation. So demand for Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, has collapsed. The result: Inflation-protected yields on TIPS are soaring. Five-year TIPS, in fact, are actually yielding 0.42 percent age points more than Treasuries. That means as long as inflation is not less than -- 0.42% in the coming years, you'll make more with TIPS. That's a good bet, given the enormous amount of cash Uncle Sam is pumping into the economy. An easy way to buy TIPS: iShares Lehman TIPS Bond (TIP), a Money 70 recommended ETF.

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Last updated December 23 2008: 10:46 AM ET
Data for all charts as of Nov. 24. SOURCES: Bloomberg, Morningstar, Municipal Market Advisers.
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