Whether it’s because you’ve received an inheritance, received a lump sum from your pension or built up a tidy nest egg by saving on a regular basis, your money should be invested wisely so that its spending power is protected for the future.
Although bank savings accounts are seen as the traditional safe haven, we have seen in recent years interest rates being reduced sharply and deposit accounts may not now even be keeping the value of your money in line with changes in retail price inflation.
Many people recognise that to achieve better long-term protection for their money against the effects of inflation, it is often worth considering stock market related investments. These can be invested through financial products such as Individual Savings Accounts (ISA), Investment Bonds and Unit Trusts. These tend to use funds which invest directly into company shares, commercial property, Government or Corporate debt (known as Fixed Interest) and other investment instruments, both nationally and internationally. Please note that investments do not include the same security of capital which is afforded with a deposit account.
When choosing what investments are suitable, the main areas of consideration are your attitude to investment risk – are you prepared to accept the value of your investments may fall, the tax efficiency of the arrangements, what level of access is required, performance, your objectives and the charges to meet your requirements. If the cost is too much, it’s not sensible to proceed. These factors need to be considered now and in a variety of possible futures. The aim is to provide simplicity and flexibility whilst maintaining a good return. The secret of investing is to diversify your portfolio.
The are no guarantees in life, and the same applies to investments. The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you have invested.
If you would like advice on arranging a suitable investment, reviewing existing portfolios, maximising the tax efficiency of your investments, placing money into trusts or drawing an income from your investments please contact Forward Plan on 01303 76 76 50
As with investments careful consideration needs to be given to which savings product should be taken out. With interest rates at historic lows, many providers draw you in with a “high” initial interest rate, often with a short term bonus, and then rely on apathy to change this when the bonus ends.
At Forward Plan we can review the market to see which institution is offering the best interest rates and what the terms are. We can help you choose the best savings product for you again taking into account access, term, tax efficiency and what you may get back, whether this be for a rainy day fund, house deposit, wedding fund, school or university fee funding or just for a great holiday.
If you would like Forward Plan to review your existing savings plans and accounts or for us to research and recommend a suitable plan for short or long term saving then please contact us on 01303 76 76 50