The inflation rate for August is likely to be reported as about 1.9%. What does this mean relative to the value of your investments? From time to time, I still have people telling me how they remember the “good old days” when they were making 16% on their CDs. The only problem with that memory is that they have forgotten that, at the same time, the inflation rate was 18%! As fast as your money was growing, it was losing purchasing power faster. If you buy a CD today that is paying, say, 0.5%, and inflation is at 1.9%, your loss of purchasing power is only 1.4% vs.