How he suggests protecting your money until market volatility subsides…
US Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS). While the markets are currently worried about deflation, Bengen believes rising inflation could be around the corner. As an inflation hedge, he recommends buying TIPS through dollar cost averaging. You can purchase individual TIPS through the US Treasury or you can invest in mutual funds such as the Vanguard Inflation-Protected Securities Fund (VIPSX). Annualized returns for the five years through December 18: 4.4%.
SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) and iShares COMEX Gold Trust (IAU). Gold is another inflation hedge. Bengen believes investing in gold mining stocks would be too volatile so he’s chosen to invest directly in bullion through exchange-traded funds (ETFs) such as these. GLD recent share price: $80.65…IAU recent share price: $80.74.
Vanguard Treasury Money Market (VMPXX). Since turbulence has struck even money-market funds, Bengen recommends that people stick with the safest ones—those that invest in US Treasury bills, such as this Vanguard fund—despite low yields currently. Recent seven-day yield: 0.9%.