Managing Your Money 

How to protect your portfolio against inflation

Should we be worrying about inflation? Retail prices index inflation (RPI) spent 2012 fluttering up and down between 2.6 and 3.9 per cent, and currently sits at an unremarkable 3 per cent. But while there is little sign of drama in the short term, some commentators (including the IC's Alistair Blair in his final column) foresee a sea change towards higher inflation in the longer term, with governments embracing rising prices as the most effective and least contentious means of eroding their enormous national debts.

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