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Diversified portfolio is the best antidote to help you beat inflation

By allocating to equities, debt, and gold, you can earn positive real returns over long term

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The State Bank of India pays interests of 5.4 per cent and 6.20 per cent (to non-senior and senior citizens, respectively) on its 5-10 year fixed deposits (FDs). However, the consumer price index (CPI)-based inflation touched 7.34 per cent in September.

If CPI inflation remains at this level, households investing in such safe instruments will end up with negative real (inflation-adjusted) returns. The key reason for the current surge in inflation is high food prices. “There has been a sharp spike in food prices over the past 9-10 months, and that has put pressure on household ...

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First Published: Fri, October 23 2020. 19:49 IST