Free for 90 days: Sign up now and get 90 days managed free after your first deposit. See offer details

Coming soon: our new one-on-one advice packages. Learn more

Now available: our new one-on-one advice packages. Learn more

Get your entire Smart Saver balance managed free for 3 months. Enroll today

Get your entire Smart Saver balance managed free for 6 months. Enroll today

Introducing Smart Saver: You could earn 1.83% with our low-risk investing account for your extra cash.* Learn more

What We Offer

TIPS on Inflation and Safe Investing

When it comes to low risk investments, its hard to improve upon treasuries, bonds that are fully backed by the U.S. Government. But TIPS, short for Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, do one better in the safety department than normal treasuries because they also offer a hedge against inflation. The value of TIPS fluctuate in correlation with the Consumer

Articles by Eli Broverman

By Eli Broverman
President and Co-Founder, Betterment  |  Published: December 18, 2009

Price Index to ensure returns always keep up with inflation. And while a TIPS principal will appreciate with inflation, TIPS also offer a measure deflation protection because the price at maturity is guaranteed to be at least equal to the original principal.

These advantages rank high among the variety of reasons that the Treasury Bond portion of Betterment Accounts is comprised of TIPS. For a full break down of TIPS, check out Phillip Moeller’s article in U.S. News.

And what exactly is the Consumer Price Index? The Consumer Price Index is just one of a multitude of ways to measure inflation, in this case by comparing prices for over 84,000 various goods and services ranging from gasoline and real estate to ham.  84,000 data points is awfully abstract, so check out this interactive graphic to help make sense of things.

Inflation Price Points
Inflation Price Points — Reproduced from nytimes.com

Recommended Content

View All Resources
Acceptable Reasons for Holding Unused Cash in Smart Saver

Acceptable Reasons for Holding Unused Cash in Smart Saver

When you aren't yet sure when or how to spend or invest your unused cash, we offer Smart Saver, a managed account designed to handle your extra cash.

Our Team of Experts

Our Team of Experts

Our executive investing committee includes experts from a range of backgrounds. We make strategic decisions based on a systematic, evidence-based approach.

The Senate Is Planning a Tax Hike on Retail Investors. It Should Be Removed.

The Senate Is Planning a Tax Hike on Retail Investors. It Should Be Removed.

The Senate’s current tax bill includes a mandate that would be punitive for everyday investors. Without a doubt, the FIFO mandate should be removed from consideration.

How would you like to get started?

Your first step toward a smarter investing future starts here.

Create a Betterment account

Go ahead and join the smart, modern way to invest.

See what we can do for you

Tell us a bit about yourself, and we'll show you the benefits of investing with us.

Get a free investing checkup

Help us get a sense of your investing approach and see how you could improve.

Transfer a 401(k) or an IRA

Move an existing retirement account into a Betterment IRA.

Download the mobile app

Enjoy the Betterment experience anywhere on the go.

Search our site

For more information and disclosures about the Betterment Resource Center, click here. | See our contributors.