"That means if rates go up then you can expect the net-asset-value of that security to go down......For that reason, especially given the fact that the rates are near zero, I am not, I am not recommending TIPS."
When it comes to inflation, you have to remember that Brinker said higher oil prices are not inflationary. He also said the stock market would go up in 2008 when the price of oil came down. Both statements were flat out wrong as the price of oil is a component of CPI which is the official measure of inflation. Also, the price of oil crashed when the global economy crashed. The guy is a great entertainer, but some of his understanding of basic economics is as good as Paris Hilton's.
Producer Price Index News Release: The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods rose 1.1 percent in December, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This advance followed increases of 0.8 percent in November and 0.4 percent in October and marks the sixth straight rise in finished goods prices. At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by manufacturers of intermediate goods moved up 1.0 percent, and the crude goods index increased 4.0 percent. On an unadjusted basis, prices for finished goods advanced 4.0 percent in 2010 after climbing 4.3 percent in 2009."
Consumer Reports: Most Reliable Cars for 2011
Good news for GM according to Consumer Reports. Bad news for Chrysler. Honda at the top and Ford not far behind. Hyundai and Kia excellent value. Summary, excerpts and video here