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Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: Invest in these 5 high-margin stocks to beat the specter of worrisome inflation

Amid all the attention being paid to the strong U.S. economy, many investors are looking over their shoulder and wondering when resultant inflation will finally catch up with us.

Inflation this summer hit its highest level since 2012. Though the August CPI report, released a few weeks ago, showed a drop in the pace of the annual increase to 2.7% from 2.9%, the monthly gain was the fifth consecutive increase in the closely-watched price index.

So far, the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.76% has shrugged off any inflationary pressures. Yes, we are still on the low end of historical price pressures; as recently as 1990, inflation topped a 6% annual rate in a handful of monthly readings.

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