Investors often overlook inflation. We may take into account what our projected returns might be, but we don't look at the purchasing power that amount of money will have by the time we want to spend it. That's why contributor Chuck Saletta has put together a portfolio stacked against inflation. His Inflation-Protected Income Growth portfolio is made up of companies that pay strong dividends and keep upping them, and have the staying power to do so over the long run, companies such as J.M. Smucker (NYS: SJM) , Teva Pharmaceutical (NYS: TEVA) , and United Technologies (NYS: UTX) .

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