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>> I made a conscious choice to hedge my energy use by purchases of gas, oil and utility stocks beginning in the mid 1980s. That strategy is working well. <<

I've had a little chunk of my asset allocation in these as well, since 2000.

One of my philosophies on retirement investing is to consider the things that are most likely to force me to delay retirement or which would put me at risk of running out of money in retirement, and figure out how I can construct a portfolio which can profit from these events by adding an "asset class" for them.

Raging energy prices and the inflation it causes was one of them. As long as your portfolio is built to profit from things like higher energy prices, they are not quite the threat to one's retirement and overall security as they otherwise would have been.

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