Three Income Investments to Consider for Navigating Inflation and the Fed’s Rate Hikes

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Three income investments to consider purchasing to protect against inflation and Fed rate hikes were highlighted during the annual Global Financial Summit at the FreedomFest conference held July 13-16 in Las Vegas.

The three income investments to consider purchasing to guard against inflation and Fed rate increases feature an infrastructure stock, a pension chairman’s choice and a dividend-paying uranium company. Those three investments to consider purchasing offer ways to pursue profits while also curbing potential downside as Russia continues its invasion of neighboring Ukraine and supply chain problems persist amid China’s lockdowns to enforce its so-called “zero-tolerance” policy of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Russia’s attacks have disrupted the supply of food, grain and fertilizer, while China’s strict COVID policy could be described as “crazy” for preventing people from shopping for food, picking up prescriptions or going outdoors for fresh air and exercise, said featured FreedomFest speaker and media mogul Steve Forbes. In America, the leaders enacting such policies could be voted out of office, but in China, protestors can be arrested and put in the “slammer,” Forbes told attendees.


However, the Biden administration is waging war against commerce and people producing products and services, Forbes said. It is especially evident in the energy industry to suppress supply, causing prices to rise, he added.

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Brookfield Infrastructure Ranks Among Three Income Investments to Consider Purchasing to Fend off Inflation

Mark Skousen, who heads FreedomFest and leads the Forecasts & Strategies investment newsletter, as well as the Five Star Trader, Home Run Trader, TNT Trader services, recommends owning infrastructure stock Brookfield Infrastructure Corp. (NYSE: BIPC), of Toronto, particularly with its 3.4% forward dividend yield. The stock completed a three-to-two stock split in June that helped to prevent it from falling much, despite the overall market pulling back.


Another plus is that the company raised its dividend payout, Skousen continued. A rising dividend policy is a good sign that a company is on strong financial footing, he added.

Mark Skousen, head of Forecasts & Strategies, meets with Paul Dykewicz.

In contrast, traditional inflation hedges such as gold, silver and foreign currencies such as Swiss francs have not appreciated amid rising prices so far, Skousen said. 

“I’m bullish on infrastructure investments into the next year or two as the United States and the world need constant upgrading,” Skousen advised his Forecasts & Strategies newsletter subscribers. Based in New York and Toronto, Brookfield invests in utilities, pipelines, toll roads, railroads, ports and data sectors in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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Pension Chairman Chooses One of Three Income Investments to Consider Purchasing to Fend off Inflation

Bob Carlson, a pension fund chairman who also leads the Retirement Watch investment newsletter, is recommending DWS RREEF Real Assets (AAASX). The investment uses a basket of four different inflation hedges and has six share classes.

Carlson suggested that investors consult with their brokers or the fund for guidance about the best share class for each person. The mutual fund is allocated among inflation-sensitive assets, including infrastructure stocks, commodities, gold, real estate stocks and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS). It owns both stocks and futures contracts.

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Three Income Investments to Consider Purchasing Feature Unique Asset Fund

The fund’s managers change the allocations to the different sectors based on economic outlook and inflation. They have shown a knack for profitably adjusting the portfolio, Carlson commented.

In addition, analysts specializing in each of the sectors select the individual securities to be purchased after the top managers decide on allocations. This investment offers diversification and a chance to benefit from a full basket of inflation hedges, he added.

Bob Carlson, who leads Retirement Watch, meets with Paul Dykewicz.

Uranium Stock Joins Three Income Investments to Consider Purchasing to Fend Off Inflation

Jeff Phillips, a FreedomFest speaker who is the president of Global Market Development in Hidden Lake Ranch, California, named Canada’s Cameco Corporation (NYSE: CCJ), of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, as a dividend-paying uranium stock Cameco is the world’s largest publicly traded uranium stock and is trending up after dropping to a 2022 low of $18.43 in late January.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use the “nuclear option” in his war against Ukraine has contributed to the rising price of the commodity and the stocks and funds tied to uranium. Cameco also is posed to profit from growing interest and acceptance of nuclear energy. The stock is a “go-to name” in the uranium sector, he added.

Cameco is a “somewhat safer” uranium investment but, in a bull market for specific commodities, will not do as well as speculations in the space, Phillips said.

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Non-Dividend-paying Speculations Exist in the Mining Sector for Aggressive Investors

Phillips suggested two high-risk, high-reward mining industry speculations. They potentially could produce 10-fold returns but also carry possible downside risk of about half an investor’s capital, he counseled.

“I believe commodity prices will head higher in the future as it is getting harder to find and more costly to extract,” Phillips opined.

Investors who want exposure to gold can invest in companies such as Newmont Corp. (NYSE: NEM), of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Toronto’s Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: GOLD), Phillips said. 

Non-dividend-paying Mining Speculations vs. Three Income Investments to Consider

“In general, I like land, metals commodities: copper, uranium, lithium, zinc, nickel, cobalt and physical gold in an environment where the dollar is being continuously being printed and given away,” Phillips said. “I personally speculate in the higher risk junior developers and explorers.”

Phillips said his goal is to achieve a 5- to 10-fold return with half his picks, knowing that the other ones might not work out. He confirmed typically owning a dozen or so of these junior mining companies.

One speculation that Phillips mentioned to me is Toronto’s Revival Gold Inc. (TSX.V -RVG OTCQX-RVGLF). The stock is a growth-focused gold exploration and development company that is advancing the Beartrack-Arnett Gold Project in Idaho.

Beartrack-Arnett is the largest, past-producing gold mine in Idaho. Engineering work has been initiated on a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) for the potential restart of heap leach operations, Phillips mentioned.

Skyharbour Resources (TSX.V: SYH; OTCQB: SYHBF) is a high-grade uranium exploration company in Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. The company is positioned to benefit from a rise in the price of uranium, Phillips said.

In addition, the company is led by “strong” management and a geological team that has a successful track record, Phillips continued. It also is based in a top mining jurisdiction with proven geology, featuring a large land package that consists of 15 projects covering more than 1.1 million acres.

Skyharbour Resources further has an attractive capital structure, is well-financed and has Toronto-based Denison Mines (NYSE: DNN) as a strategic shareholder. London-based Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO), the world’s second-largest mining company, recently partnered with Skyharbour Resources to acquire the Russell Lake Uranium Project.

China’s Supply Chain Challenges and ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID-19 Policy Boost Risk

China reported 1,012 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, July 19, up from 776 the previous day, according to its National Health Commission. The results marked the first time the number of COVID-19 cases in China had breached 1,000 since May 20.

Any time the case numbers jump, China’s leaders may impose sudden lockdowns to adhere to its “zero-tolerance” policy. Several large Chinese cities, including Shanghai, are rolling out new mass testing or extending lockdowns on millions of residents to counter new COVID-19 infections, but not without drawing criticism on the internet.

China reported an average of around 390 local daily infections in the seven days ending on Sunday, July 17, higher than roughly 340 infections seven days earlier,

U.S. COVID Deaths Near 1.025 Million

U.S. COVID-19 deaths climbed by more than 3,000 in the past week to total 1,024,900, as of July 20, according to Johns Hopkins University. Cases in the United States jumped by nearly 900,000 to 89,836,091. America still holds the dreaded distinction as the country with the largest number of COVID-19 deaths and cases.

COVID-19 deaths jumped by 19,000 in the past week worldwide to reach 6,374,412 as of July 20, according to Johns Hopkins. Global COVID-19 cases rose more than 7.5 million during the last week to total 565,215,839 by July 20.

Roughly 78.5% of the U.S. population, or 260,728,030, have obtained at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as of July 13, the CDC reported. Fully vaccinated people total 222,682,315, or 67.1%, of America’s population, according to the CDC. The United States also has given at least one COVID-19 booster vaccine to 107 million people.

The three income investments to consider purchasing to navigate inflation offer dividends and potential capital appreciation. With the highest inflation in 42 years, a potential Fed rate hike of 0.75% this month and other rate increases likely to follow, the outlook for the three income investments to consider are promising, despite Russia’s unrelenting invasion of Ukraine and lingering supply chain problems.

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Paul is the author of an inspirational book, “Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame’s Championship Chaplain,” with a foreword by former national championship-winning football coach Lou Holtz. In addition, Paul serves as a commentator about investing, economics, business news, politics and motivational guidance. 

Paul earned a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on finance at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, where he was elected to two terms as president of its Finance Club. He earlier received a master’s degree from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where he was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society. Paul received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, focusing on political science, business and economics.

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