Inflation, Interest Rates & Investment

Inflation, Interest Rates & Investment

There are various ways to measure inflation but the basic idea behind them is much the same, inflation indexes track the changes in a basket of goods and services which is considered to be a good representation of how the average person spends their money.  Of course, whether or not it is a good representation of how you personally spend your money, depends on how closely you fit the model of the “average person” and this can work both ways, in other words, you might find that your personal rate of inflation is higher or lower than the official measure.

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What Now for Cash & ISAs?

What Now for Cash & ISAs?

It may seem hard to believe these days, but once upon a time, savers with relatively modest bank balances could still generate a decent income from leaving their money in a savings account to earn interest.  Right now, however, those days are long gone and unless and until they come back, people need to think seriously about how best to manage their money in a low-interest-rate environment.

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The Advantages of ISAs

The Advantages of ISAs

Most people benefit from a combination of savings and investments.  Savings make sure that we have access to cash in case of need.  Investments grow our net worth and make it possible for us to achieve our financial goals.  Putting our savings and/or investments into a tax-free wrapper helps us to enjoy more of the returns ourselves, hence the huge popularity of ISAs.

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Inflation – The Race Against Time

Inflation – The Race Against Time

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England is tasked with keeping inflation at exactly 2%.  If inflation moves more than 1% away from this target (up or down), then the governor of the Bank of England has to write an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, explaining why this has happened and what the MPC intends to do about it.

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