Hurry Today and Make the Smartest Investment Around—Postage Stamps

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Jan. 25 2014 8:31 AM

Forever Stamp Yields  

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You rarely get as big a no-brainer investment possibility as the United States Postal Service is offering today. Right now—Saturday—if you walk into a Post Office, a "forever" stamp entitling you to mail a letter will cost 46 cents. Starting on Monday, it will cost 49 cents.

That's a 6.5 percent return on investment for buying stamps today. And while nothing in life is totally risk free, it's about as close to a sure thing as you're going to find. And it's an especially low-risk investment for something with such a high return! Bringing this investment to scale in order to make real money off of it would be very challenging. But if you don't already have a bunch of stamps lying around the house, you should definitely get some today. These kind of opportunities simply don't come along all that often.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.