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  • Buffet, Greenspan Warn On Inflation 0 comments
    Jun 25, 2009 4:57 PM | about stocks: TIP, WIP, DBC, GLD

    Both billionare investor Warren Buffet and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan issued strong warnings on future inflation this week. In an interview with CNBC, Mr. Buffet dismissed concerns of deflation and instead argued inflation was the greater threat. "We're flooding the system with dollars. We're monitizing debt. We're doing all the things that lead to that", adding that he nonetheless supported the Feds actions saying "There really is no choice. But we could see a lot of inflation."

    Meanwhile in today's Financial Times, Mr. Greenspan also lays out his case. With a hint of irony, Greenspan warned "If political pressures prevent central banks from reining in their inflated balance sheets in a timely manner, statistical analysis suggests the emergence of inflation by 2012; earlier if markets anticipate a prolonged period of elevated money supply." The former fed chairman is widely seen to have bowed to such pressure himself in 2001 when he lowered interest rates to cushion the blow of the Dot Com bubble's collapse, the most egigious example of the "Grenespan Put".

    The case for future inflation is indeed strong, and investors may want to consider iShares Barclay TIPs Bond Fund (TIP), the SPDR DB Internaional Government Inflation Protected Portfolio (WIP), the SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD) or even a broad commodity fund like the PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking (DBC)

    Stocks: TIP, WIP, DBC, GLD
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