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Understanding and Quantifying TIPS as an Investment Option

February 28, 2011
Eric C. Brown, Bradley D. Bonga

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) have been offered by the U.S. Treasury since 1997 and currently populate a market of approximately $550 billion. From time to time, we discover TIPS in the investment portfolios of depository institutions, and we also periodically receive questions about these products from clients. For these reasons, we are offering a description of TIPS and how they work, a discussion of their pros and cons, and a simple method an investor can use to quantify a potential TIPS investment against an appropriate alternative.

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