After more than a decade of putting up with paltry savings rates, the sharp increase in rates over the past two years has certainly brought considerable cheer to savers. However, while the rise is certainly welcome, it is important savers do not overly rely on cash savings but carry on investing with a view to maximising returns and achieving their long-term financial goals.
Although the availability of higher rates has provided a boost to cash savings, assessing the appropriate amount to hold in rainy-day funds is always difficult, particularly given recent cost-of-living pressures. However, history suggests holding too much money in cash can hold back your future wealth, as returns on both bonds and equities have a better long-term record in terms of outpacing inflation.
Time in the market
History also suggests long periods out of the market increase investors’ chances of underperforming. This is because, while cash rates may look attractive, knowing when to sell and buy back into the market is extremely difficult if not impossible, particularly when markets are volatile. The best approach is therefore usually to stay in the market and build a portfolio capable of capitalising on any improved outlook in order to maximise potential long-term gains.
Don’t be intimidated
Another reason why some people might shy away from investing is because they feel overawed. Indeed, a recent survey1 found that half of the UK population admits to being intimidated by investing, with more respondents saying it would be easier to learn a new language than start investing. On a more positive note, however, other research2 recently showed growth in the uptake of regulated financial advice, with 4.4 million UK adults seeking advice in 2022, up from 3.8 million two years earlier.
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And of course, we’re always here for you; so, if you need any advice get in touch and we’ll help you build an investment strategy focused squarely on your future dreams and aspirations.
1Lloyds Bank, July 2023
2FCA, July 2023
The value of investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. The past is not a guide to future performance and past performance may not necessarily be repeated.