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Bell-bottom pants and disco weren't the only things to hate about the 1970s. In that difficult and turbulent decade, the United States was thoroughly bedeviled with a crippling economic condition known as "stagflation."
It's a weird (that's the only word for it) and intractable combination of stagnating growth combined with inflation.
And unfortunately, unlike Richard Nixon, stagflation's got a high likelihood of coming back.
If that sounds shocking, or maybe even unbelievable, I understand.
You see, before the stagflation of the 1970s, mainstream economists were actually convinced the condition was itself impossible. The academic consensus at the time was that inflation and growth were inseparable.
But as that decade proved, recession and inflation can absolutely happen concurrently. If you lived through the era, you'll agree it's no exaggeration to call it the worst of both worlds.
Of course, when you understand how it unfolded and devastated the U.S. economy in the 1970s, you'll immediately see why it'll likely recur soon.
Don't worry – I'm going to share with you my favorite inexpensive way to shore up your position when this "blast from the past" returns to wreak havoc all over again…
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Peter Krauth is the Resource Specialist for Money Map Press and has contributed some of the most popular and highly regarded investing articles on Money Morning. Peter is headquartered in resource-rich Canada, but he travels around the world to dig up the very best profit opportunity, whether it's in gold, silver, oil, coal, or even potash.