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If there’s one thing that can ruin an investor’s overall retirement plan, it has to be inflation.

The slow yet dramatic rise in prices has a huge effect on purchasing power and how “healthy” a portfolio is. After all, having a million dollars is meaningless if, after 30 years, it can only buy you $500,000 worth of goods. And with the global economy starting to heat up, inflation expectations are starting to run high once again.

It’s probably the most common theme among investment outlooks this year.

However, one noted economist is singing a different tune. And, in fact, he’s calling for a continuation of low inflation rates and even for the potential of deflation over the next few years. That certainly has vastly different investment connotations for portfolios.

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