Real assets, such as real estate, infrastructure and sustainable resources, are particularly well-suited investments during inflationary times because of their tendency to outperform financial assets during such periods. Real assets are a separate and distinct asset class from financial assets. Unlike real assets, which have intrinsic value, financial assets derive their value from a contractual claim on an underlying asset that may be real or intangible. Real assets tend to be more stable than financial assets. Inflation, shifts in currency values and other macroeconomic factors affect real assets less than financial assets.