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TIPS Basics
The basic facts about TIPS.

What Are TIPS Print E-mail

TIPS are Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. They are a special kind of bond issued by the United States Treasury. They are special because their principal and interest are indexed to the Consumer Price Index, which is a measure of inflation.

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Why Buy TIPS Print E-mail

Why buy TIPS? To make money, of course.

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TIPS vs Nominal Bonds Print E-mail

Do nominal bonds also protect you from inflation? Yes and no. Nominal bonds offer protection for expected inflation, while TIPS offer protection for unexpected inflation.

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TIPS vs I Bonds Print E-mail

Both TIPS and I Bonds offer inflation protection. How are they different? In a nutshell, TIPS work like a bond, while I Bonds work like a CD.

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TIPS and Interest Rate Changes Print E-mail

What happens to TIPS when interest rates change? It depends on what's driving the interest rate changes.

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