Inflation is theft. You'll hear that a lot and some think it's just a hyperbolic statement but it's a very true statement about our current money system.
Now let me clear inflation can occur because of supply and demand. That's obviously not theft, but inflation does happen because of governments increasing the money supply.
Say you have an obligation to pay everyone over 65 a pension but you've mismanaged the money. You can either increase taxes (unpopular), default on your obligations (unrest) or create more money to cover your obligations.
Most countries do the latter which results in the value and purchasing power of the currency you hold to go down in value, hence a type of regressive tax that affects those lower on the socio-economic ladder the most as they tend to not hold assets.
Hard money is the ultimate property.
Gold was hard money for a thousand years. Hard money, sometimes called a bearer asset is the ultimate money. You can exchange money for all other types of property, goods and services. You earn money based on labor and you can't counterfit labor. The work is done or it isn't.
So when you work to earn money, that is an exchange of the energy, the labor that went into creating the value of that money. With money printing at the whim of a central bank, it's theft because you steal the value of the labor that went into earning the money.
So what are some alternatives to be aware of? You could take advantage of using a stable coin to earn interest (not FDIC insured so there is risk) or to exchange your currency for a stable coin backed by an alternative asset like gold or a different currency.
This is the American stable coin. It's easily available on multiple exchanges and you can typically earn a decent interest rate that at a minimum should keep up with inflation somewhat.
Gemini is a well regulated exchange based in New York so I personally would trust parking money into their stable coin and earning interest with their earn program. Again not financial advice.
Step 2: Send to an Ethereum wallet
Want to get a bit more advanced? You'll want to get an Ethereum based wallet. Send your USDC from your exchange to this wallet.
You'll need to do this because most swap prototocals like Uniswap are built on Ethereum. Next is to swap or exchange your USDC for a different stable coin.
Step 3: Convert USDC to the top 5 lowest inflation currency stable coins
The last step if you need to swap USDC for a different stable coin. You have a lot of different options, but one stable coin to be aware of is XSGD which is the Singapore dollar.
My goal is to help you think for yourself. If not the Singapore dollar then take a look at the Japanese Yen or just park cash into a stable coin on a major exchange. You have options. One thing is for sure, you're losing 7% to 20% of your purchasing power by holding onto cash for the long term.
Cash is trash says Ray Dalio, but you should have an emergency fund. This phrase is not meant to discourage you from cash, but to realize that you need to buy assets that pay you to own them.
You can now have a portion of your money pegged to a well managed form of fiat that will avoid the 10% plus dollar inflation we may very well experience. Need it back in dollars? Just press a button and convert it back into USDC (or another form of crypto) in seconds and send it to any exchange to then withdraw in dollars.