Safer than Stocks and Bonds

Given the risk of higher interest rates and inflation, here are some solid alternatives

With the DOW edging above 9000 last week, stock investors are feeling a sense of relief. Whether or not we have hit bottom, the substantial rise in prices offers a chance to breathe. You can now look at your portfolio as a whole and cover your bases--not just for future growth but for future safety.

Unfortunately, the prospects for traditional safe havens--intermediate- and long-term bonds--are questionable. Higher interest rates and inflation, which may be in the offing, could erode their value. So what's a cautious investor to do?

First, rebalance your portfolio to be sure you are comfortable with your exposure...

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