From Boats to Brokers From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history. Share | Have A Question About This Topic? Name Email Address Message Thank you! Oops! Related Content Inflation and Your Portfolio Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns. Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy. Impact of Taxes and Inflation Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.