What to do with $10,000

Low interest rates and the recent stock market surge make this a challenging time to find the best places for your extra cash.

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Protect your portfolio against inflation
Inflation is tame now, but it could heat up as the economy recovers. Reduce the pain with Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), U.S. government bonds whose principal rises (or falls) with the consumer price index. Buy them fee-free through treasurydirect.gov or buy a TIPS fund with low expenses, such as Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities.

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Last updated November 18 2009: 5:47 PM ET
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