2009 Best List: Investing

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Inflation protection. If inflation starts to skyrocket, FIDELITY STRATEGIC REAL RETURN (symbol FSRRX) will have you covered. The fund holds a mix of inflation-indexed government bonds, commodities, real estate and floating-rate loans. Each of those will benefit from rising prices, and by diversifying, the fund should provide a relatively smooth return.

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