Inflation risk(redirected from Inflationary Risks)
Also called purchasing power risk, the risk that changes in the real return the investor will realize after adjusting for inflation will be negative.
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The risk that the rate of inflation will exceeds the rate of return on an investment. For example, if the rate of inflation is 5% over a year and the rate of return is 3%, then the investor has effectively taken a loss even though he/she has made a profit in absolute terms. Inflation risk applies especially to fixed-return securities as there is no possibility that the rate of return will increase to surpass inflation. For this reason, some fixed-return securities are inflation-indexed, which means that their nominal returns change, while their real returns stay the same. See also: Treasury Inflation Protected Securities.
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