Whether you are looking at investing in a pension, an investment bond or ISA (Individual Savings Account), you might consider using investment funds.
What are Investments?
When planning your finances, it is important to distinguish between savings and investments. Savings are generally funds that you set aside that can be accessed relatively quickly. These savings are often for a specific need or purchase, like a holiday or a new car. The most common way of saving is into a bank account (‘deposit’ account) where the money can be accessed in an emergency, and for every £1 you put in, you will get £1 back and possibly some interest. In other words, the original capital is guaranteed.
Investments are designed to be held for a longer term, usually at least five years. You need to be comfortable with tying up this money for a period and should not consider investments unless you have some savings in place. Most investments are not guaranteed to return your money in full, although do offer the prospect of potentially higher returns than deposit accounts. Returns, risk and volatility are the factors that will determine a suitable place for your investments.
Creating and maintaining the right investment strategy plays a vital role in securing your financial future. Whether you are looking to invest for income, growth, or a combination of the two, we can provide the quality advice, comprehensive investment solutions and ongoing service to help you achieve your financial goals. We arrange bespoke solutions for our clients, providing a tailored one-to-one advisory service, delivered face-to-face or remotely, depending on what suits you.
Investments & risks
All investments carry some element of risk. The value of the fund can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount originally invest.
To enable funds to be able to manage risk, the manager will practice some level of diversification. This works on the premise that holding two different shares is better than two of the same shares. This is because all shares react differently to investment conditions and changes.
The fund sector identifies the areas in which the fund will invest. This can be based on geographical terms, or in a particular industry. For example, there are funds that only invest in UK companies, or Japanese companies, just as there are funds that invest purely in ‘technology’ companies (IT, telecoms etc). In addition to this, there are sectors that are a mixture of assets. A typical ‘balanced managed’ fund will have some money invested in equities, some in property and some in fixed interest investments or bonds.
Although there are no guarantees as to performance or returns from any sector, our knowledge, experience and insight can indicate how we might expect investments to perform.
There are so many different mediums in which to invest, here we look at a few key areas
Current accounts may offer a very low rate of interest (if any) but they are the most flexible in terms of accessing your money. Banks also offer savings accounts with higher interest rates and notice accounts with competitive interest rates, but you may have to give a certain amount of notice before making a withdrawal (60 or 90 days perhaps), or you must agree to invest the money for a set period.