Money: How to Play Inflation

Yep, prices are going up. But here are some clever ways to invest as they do

Inflation is back. the government confirmed it last week, saying that consumer prices in March surged at an annualized rate of 6.2%. The news took a toll on the markets: interest rates jumped, stocks slumped. But it's hard to know why anyone was surprised. Before the announcement, prices for raw materials--from soybeans to steel--had been soaring for two years. Wholesale food prices, like those for pork bellies and grains, rose 47% during that period; metals went up 73%.

Consumers have so far been mostly shielded from the rises for a couple of reasons. There has been little rise in workers' wages,...

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