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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Stocks, Bonds, Treasury Bills and Inflation


As we have discussed the more risk taken over a long time horizon the greater reward. It is also to include inflation when looking at long-term (1925-2000) investing because it can have a dramatic effect on how you should invest. Small caps hiostorically return over 12%; large caps around 11%; Government bonds over 5%; and T-bills around 3.8%. During this same period inflation has averaged 3.1% per year. There fore, you must consider risk, return and inflation to make wise long-term decisions on your investments.

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