Inflation Breakeven Rate: What It Really Tells You About TIPS


  • Inflation breakeven rates have been rising fairly steadily since February 2016 and now are in the ‘neutral’ zone of value.
  • When inflation breakevens rise, TIPS outperform nominal Treasurys.
  • The lower the breakeven rate, the higher the ‘margin of safety’ for TIPS investors versus nominal Treasurys.

The inflation breakeven rate is a very accurate measure of the relative value of TIPS versus nominal Treasurys, and a possible predictor of the relative future performance of the two asset classes.

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Author of blog, David Enna is a long-time journalist based in Charlotte, N.C. A past winner of two Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards, he has written on real estate and home finance, and was a founding editor of The Charlotte Observer's website.
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