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30 Aug 2021

Warren Buffett: 3 Best Investment Opportunities during Inflation

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Inflation continues to raise the price of goods in the U.S., from used cars to gas and to groceries. The consumer price index that measures how much consumers pay for an assortment of products — jumped 5.5% last month from where it was in July 2020, matching its biggest jump since 2008.

Some economists and financial experts say that you should feel untroubled with the current inflation since it is virtually impossible to avoid. But when it comes to investing, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett says there are some businesses that are more likely to succeed than others.

According to Buffett, the best business to own is one that doesn’t require continuous reinvestment because it becomes more expensive as the value of the dollar drops.

“The best businesses during inflation are the businesses that you buy once and then you don’t have to keep making capital investments subsequently,” Buffett said, adding that “any business with heavy capital investment tends to be a poor business to be in inflation and often it’s a poor business to be in general.”

He points out the following:

-Own a Brand
-Own a Real Estate Property
-Invest in Low-Cost Index Funds
“A brand is a wonderful thing to own during inflation,” Buffett said. For him, that includes brands like See’s Candy, which he has owned since 1972.

Buffett previously told CNBC, “For people looking to build their retirement savings, diversified index funds make the most sense practically all of the time.” “Consistently buy an S&P 500 low-cost index fund,” he said in 2017. “Keep buying it through thick and thin, and especially through thin.”

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