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8.5% Inflation, Now what?!

Have you seen the inflation numbers today? A whopping 8.5 percent! This here, folks, is the proverbial shit hitting the fan. Everything is getting more expensive, and it doesn't look like its prices will be coming down any time soon, if ever. Check out the inflation numbers posted by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Overall inflation: 8.5 %

Food: 8.8%

Energy: 32%

Gasoline: 48%

Electricity: 11%

Natural Gas: 21%

Used Vehicles: 35%

As you can see, things are going from bad to worse in the blink of an eye, so how do you protect your wealth during periods of rapid inflation?

You can ask your boss to give you a raise to combat the impact that inflation is having on your paycheck. How likely is this going to pay off? There is probably a 70/30 chance that you will be denied this request.

Businesses are already struggling to find workers to stay on the job and are offering record wages to employees. I don't see them adding an 8.5 percent pay increase to help employees deal with inflation. So if you can't ask for a raise, what other solutions do you have?

Investing

If you want any chance of "beating" inflation, you will have to invest your money in something that can generate more than an 8.5 percent return. Not all investments are created equal. Some are better than others.

You can forget about investing in bonds unless you want to lose money. Take, for example, a corporate bond that pays out 3 percent in nominal terms. If you invest in this bond, you will yield a negative 5.5 percent on that bond. This is not how you beat inflation. It would be best if you steered clear of bonds.

Stocks

Well, what else can you invest in if bonds are out to beat inflation? Stocks are a viable option and have been known to beat inflation over the long term. On average, stock market returns average about 10 percent a year, which isn't bad and exceeds current inflation numbers but not by much.

Knowing what stocks to invest in is a whole other ball game that either takes talking to a professional or doing your homework to find the right companies to invest in. Both require time and money to get right.

Real Estate

Real estate traditionally has been a good hedge against inflation as it benefits from inflation. Homeowners benefit from appreciation because home prices rise with inflation.

Rental property owners benefit from increased cash flow from tenants and more demand for rentals as the price of owning a home becomes unaffordable for consumers looking to buy.

The issue with real estate is it is location-dependent. Some places are more desirable than others within states and local jurisdictions. Working with a good real estate agent will help you mitigate the chance of making a wrong investment decision.

What if I told you there was an easier way to protect yourself from the ravages of inflation? All you have to do is buy and hold it. That's it. This solution is Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Is The Solution

Bitcoin is the solution to this inflation problem. It has a 21 million supply cap limit and can't be manipulated by a central authority like the federal reserve. The inflation rate of Bitcoin is set in stone in will never change.

Bitcoin's inflation rate is only 1.7 percent and will continue to decrease from here as the remaining 2 million coins are mined. Bitcoin's inflation rate will drop to 1.1 percent by 2024. Bitcoin is deflationary, which means the purchasing power of your Bitcoin will go up over time, not down.

By simply buying and holding Bitcoin, you are guaranteed that your wealth in Bitcoin will increase the longer you hold it, and this isn't even factoring in the price of Bitcoin in the equation.

Did you know Bitcoin was the best performing asset over the last ten years? Bitcoin produced an average annualized return of 230%! You won't get this type of performance from any other investment.

The dollar will continue to decline over time as the printing press will continue to run non-stop until it breaks.

Owning dollars and other dollar-denominated assets will become increasingly risky. Will things go to shit tomorrow? Probably not, but you never know. Things tend to happen gradually, then suddenly. Bitcoin is the safe-haven asset that everyone should own right now. Heed the warning signs; rough times are ahead.

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