The Fed and How It Got That Way Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does. 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. Why Regular Rebalancing Makes Sense Without your knowing, your investment portfolio could be off-kilter. Impact of Taxes and Inflation Estimate the potential impact taxes and inflation can have on the purchasing power of an investment.