Picture du Jour: Prepare for higher inflation

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The graph below shows the historical relationship between the annual change in the oil price and the year-on-year change in the US Consumer Price Index. Should the oil price remain around current levels, the CPI is bound to rise markedly. It comes as no surprise that gold bullion and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, have been relatively solid performers over the past few months.

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Source: Plexus Asset Management (based on data from I-Net Bridge)

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