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Need experts on TIPS

I’m looking for financial advisors, market experts and academics with pointers on the pros and cons of treasury inflation-protected securities in today’s market. I don’t need a primer on how TIPS work, but instead thoughts on the pros and cons of owning them at a time when interest rates are likely to rise and other securities are volatile. Who, generally, are the ideal TIPS investors? Older people trying to protect their savings and guard against inflation? Should younger investors own them, too? How much of a portfolio ought each group to put into TIPS. Most important, how do you expect TIPS to fare over the next one, two, five and 10 years? Do you think inflation is a serious threat, or well controlled? Why? How do TIPS compare to other assets, like stock or real estate, that have some inflation protection built in? What are the biggest risks overhanging TIPS today? What could go wrong? And what could happen to make TIPS a big winner? In short, what advice do you have for an investor who owns TIPS, or is thinking about them? What else should I be asking? Requirements: I prefer responses by email containing usable content and quotes, and because I usually get plenty I rarely respond to ones merely offering a source for interview. Please include the source’s contact info, full name, title, firm and location.