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How Should Investors Prepare for Higher Interest Rates?

The Federal Reserve just had its annual economic retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo. — without chairman Ben Bernanke — and investors continue to stumble around in the dark about where U.S. monetary policy will go from here.

But whether there is “tapering” in September or who replaces Bernanke in January when his term expires is almost secondary to the big question: How will your portfolio change in a higher-interest-rate environment?

It’s not so much a question of “if” tighter central bank policy will hit, but when. So Charles Sizemore, editor of the Sizemore Investment Letter, says it’s time to be proactive and consider the impact of rising rates on your bonds and “bond-like stocks.”

Check out the accompanying video for tips on what higher interest rates mean for you.

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Jeff Reeves is the editor of InvestorPlace.com and the author of “The Frugal Investor’s Guide to Finding Great Stocks.” Write him at editor@investorplace.com or follow him on Twitter via @JeffReevesIP. As of this writing, he did not own a position in any of the stocks named here.

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