investment and inflation risk

Investment and inflation risk – what does it mean?

The reality of investing today

We’ve seen some turbulent markets this year, with the repercussions of COVID having a significant impact. Generally speaking, markets have partially recovered but remain extremely volatile.

Investing can seem too confusing, too risky, or ‘not for me’. Like everything, the more you know about it, the better informed your decisions are.

Why should I invest?

Investment risk is, for example, putting money into an investment linked to the stock market where there’s the potential to lose some of your initial capital. The reason people do this is the potential for greater returns.

With investing, the value can go down as well as up so you may not get back the amount you put in. There’s no need to think about any of this on your own – help is always at hand and we can talk to you about the risks in more detail.

There are many articles which call themselves ‘investing for beginners’ but maybe a better place to start is to simply understand the ‘point’ of investing. Why could it be a good idea? Why should you consider it?

It’s always best to have some money readily available in the bank in case of emergencies, but investing gives you the opportunity to make your other money potentially grow and work harder.

But I’m not comfortable losing money

If you’re already thinking about the word ‘lose’ and thinking that you aren’t comfortable losing ‘any’ money – it’s worth considering that if you have excess money in savings, there’s a chance you’re already losing money because of inflation. Inflation, put simply, is the rising cost of goods you buy. If inflation is increasing it means you can buy less with your money.

In the graph above, we’ve used a rate of inflation of 2.5% each year. That means the purchasing power of £10,000 today could be worth just £5,394 in 25 years. The actual rate of inflation could be higher or lower.
Of course, inflation affects all types of investments, not just the money you hold in your bank account. You may want to consider an investment which has the potential to keep pace with inflation, however that will come with a risk to your capital, so you need to be sure it’s right for you

Of course, inflation affects all types of investments, not just the money you hold in your bank account. You may want to consider an investment which has the potential to keep pace with inflation, however that will come with a risk to your capital, so you need to be sure it’s right for you.

So, what do you need to know if you are considering investing?

First things first. Not all investments are the same –some are higher risk and some are lower risk.
You’ll need to think about what type of risks you can take, and are comfortable taking and what you could afford to lose without affecting your standard of living.

If you’d like to talk about this further Pentins Financial Planners can look at your needs, discuss the level of risk you are comfortable taking and balance that with the level of rewards you’re aiming for. We’ll recommend the options that are right for you. This is one of the main reasons people use the services of a regulated adviser, after all it’s our job to be the experts – not yours.

How can we help you?

Pentins have many different types of clients with different attitudes to investment risks. We would welcome a conversation with you to help determine what’s right for you. If you’d like to have a chat to us about your personal circumstances and how we might be able to help, please head over to our Contact Us page to book your free, no obligation initial consultation.

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Sam Secomb
ssecomb@pentinsfp.co.uk

Chartered Financial Planner and Managing DirectorSamantha Secomb joined Pentins as their Chartered Financial Planner 2015 and is now a shareholder and director of the business.Samantha is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society which is widely accepted as the premier qualification standard for advisers in this country. Having reached the top in her professional qualifications she is currently studying with Warwick Business School for her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).

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