Chime: 8 Money Tips

March 1, 2023

Tips to fight inflation

Running Point and its chief investment officer, Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA, were quoted by Chime in an article — by Hannah HottensteinHyperinflation: What It Is and 8 Money Tips to Fight It — discussing how to remain financially stable during periods of high inflation.

Inflation proof your budget!

There are multiple ways to inflation-proof your budget and improve your financial resiliency in times of inflation. Most importantly, try to have an income stream from either work or investments that has the ability to increase with inflation; commission based sales roles are an example where the pay potential increases with the cost of the underlying product being sold.

Investments with inelastic pricing

On the investment side, certain investments sometimes tend to hold up better during inflationary periods, like the stock of companies with relatively inelastic pricing structures (i.e., that can raise prices without disproportionately hurting sales), regulated utilities that can increase prices alongside rising costs, inflation protected bonds, and real estate that has the ability to increase rents. Nonetheless, as with any investment, multiple factors will affect an investment’s performance and should be judged in addition to inflation expectations.

Leveraging debt in your favor

On the liability side, debt can cut both ways. If you have variable rate or credit card debt that resets higher with rising interest rates or inflation, you may want to pay this down as quickly as possible before the rapidly compounding debt swamps any attempt to build-up savings. On the other hand, if you are locked into a relatively low interest rate loan like 3% on a home mortgage or 4% on an auto loan, inflation can be your friend as it depreciates the value of the underlying debt.

Quoted article excerpts are below:

Pay off high-interest debt first

Michael Ashley Schulman, Chief Investment Officer at Running Point Capital Advisors, recommends paying down high-interest rate debt like credit cards “before the rapidly compounding debt swamps any attempt to build up savings.”

As an alternative option, he advised that “if you are locked into a relatively low-interest rate loan like 3% on a home mortgage or 4% on an auto loan, inflation can be your friend as it depreciates the values of the underlying debt.” It’s all about leveraging debt in your favor and avoiding bad compounding interest.

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