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Do I need to protect my savings against inflation?

With UK inflation (as measured by the consumer price index) currently at 10.1% and the Bank of England base rate at 1.75% (as at August 2022), the value of cash savings is being eroded by more than 8% a year.

And with The Bank of England expecting inflation to reach 13% in 2022, the situation looks set to worsen if you are holding your wealth in cash.

This article explains how serious a threat inflation is to the value of your cash – and how you can protect your savings against inflation by investing.

How is inflation eroding the value of savings?

To understand the effect inflation can have on the value of cash savings, let’s look at what would have happened to the real (after inflation) value of £1,000 cash deposited ten years ago in an account paying interest at the Bank of England base rate.

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Over the ten-year period, the real value of that cash would have fallen from £1,000 to less than £816 – a loss after inflation of more than 18%. That’s because, for much of the period, the rate of inflation outstripped interest rates.

If inflation remains higher than interest rates, cash will continue to lose its value.

Can savings beat inflation?

The good news is that there are alternatives to cash that may help investors offset the effects of inflation. Savers with excess cash in the bank may wish to see professional advice to explore the options open to them.

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Justin Oliver

Chief Investment Officer, Canaccord Genuity Funds

Justin provides direct assistance to the Chief Investment Officer in maintaining responsibility for the investment philosophy, process and methodology of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, and acts as the alternate to the CIO. He is Chairman of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management’s Portfolio Construction Committee, a member of the Asset Allocation and Fund Selection committees and manages several of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management’s Select range of funds. Justin is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI and is a former President of the Guernsey Branch of the Institute.

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Investment involves risk and you may not get back what you invest. It’s not suitable for everyone.

Investment involves risk and is not suitable for everyone.