Scenarios for inflation

As the economic recovery gains traction, inflationary pressures are building, and markets are responding. While this is a normal part of a healthy economic cycle, the COVID-19 cycle has been unprecedented in many ways, raising an important question for investors. We explored this topic with our investment teams across the New York Life Investments’ platform and see several possible scenarios for post-pandemic inflation.


Seeking to Outpace Inflation with Equities

Historically, certain investments have followed the direction of inflation more closely than others. To help manage the effects of inflation on your portfolio, consider asset classes that are highly correlated to inflation, including inflation protected securities (TIPS), bank loans, high-yield bonds and real assets such as real estate and commodities. However, the long-term potential of equities is also a way to seek to outpace inflation. We offer a wide range of equities solutions covering all asset classes and styles.

Other Highly Correlated Strategies

New York Life Investments Solutions for Combating Inflation

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Additional Solutions for Combating Inflation

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