I have been exposed to investing since the mid 1960s. Most of my exposure has been long, with emphasis lately on dividends in a defensive way. I am very worried that the U.S. is becoming a nation that is devaluing its currency excessively. The risk of inflation is very real if our politicians do not take drastic steps now to curb spending. I am basically trying to hold onto the money I have while receiving income, and protecting those investments against inflation.