DEFINITION of 'Inflation-Protected Security - IPS'

A type of fixed-income investment that guarantees a real rate of return. The real rate of return is the nominal return, less the inflation rate, thus protecting investors from inflation.

BREAKING DOWN 'Inflation-Protected Security - IPS'

The purchase of IPS products is most often done with government products, such as Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), but private sector companies also offer these products.

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