Ep 9: The Impact of Inflation on Portfolios — with Mark Carlson and Ellen Chenoweth

Inflation continues to be top of mind for listeners and market participants alike with interest rates and inflation expectations on the rise this year. 

In this episode, we talk with Mark Carlson and Ellen Chenoweth, two of FlexShares Investment Strategists to share their perspectives on the impact of inflation on portfolios. 

In this episode you will learn:

  • The key drivers when evaluating for potential inflation to portfolios
  • Why investors often turn to “tips” as a first line of defense against rising inflation
  • How every portfolio could benefit from a strategic allocation to natural resources 

Play this full episode to hear Mark and Ellen, share perspectives on why you should be focusing on the future impact of inflation on your portfolio.

Chu, Quentin C., Pittman, Deborah N., Yu, Linda Q., “When Do TIPS Prices Adjust to Inflation Information?” Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 67, No. 2

Resources: FlexShares | Mark Carlson on LinkedIn | Ellen Chenoweth on LinkedIn


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