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Inflation begins to bite

With inflation rising in recent months, hitting its highest level in more three years at 2.3% in February and remaining flat at 2.3% in March, this means that in real terms, taking into account low wages growth and little to no growth on savings held in banks and building societies, people are worse off month after month than they have been for many years.

We are all aware that interest rates offered to savers have been low to zero in the UK as well as across Europe for years now, but that didn’t matter as much all the while inflation was at zero or negative percent, but this is now a worry as the effect of inflation means that the buying power of the cash people have is steadily decreasing.

Arguably, many savers with decent pots should invest some of their money over and above a rainy day (contingency) fund, and savers are missing out on the potential for better returns by not doing so, however, they are also avoiding the chance of losing money if markets fall. But the savvy savers are realising that nowadays they have to accept some risk if they are going protect their money against growing inflation that will diminish the real value of their savings.

Be smart with your money – if you would like advice on what’s on offer, Blacktower and myself are here to help you.

 

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Dividend Aristocrats

The Dividend Aristocrats are S&P 500 constituents that have increased their dividend payouts for 25 consecutive years.

The FTSE also has its own Aristocrats which many people who read this article will recognise and even have in their own portfolios, some of the dividend returns can make very interesting reading:

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Defined benefit schemes – a ‘ticking time bomb’?

Following the news that no new buyer was interested in BHS and its £571 million pension deficit, a number of our clients with a working history in BHS got in touch with us to find out their position and options with regards to their future pensions. Unfortunately, it was too late as the window had closed. The BHS scheme got into the Pension Protection Fund, a statutory fund in the U.K., intended to protect pensioners if their pension fund becomes insolvent. What this means is that they are now locked in without any possibility of looking at alternatives and transferring out. For deferred members, this means a potential reduction in pension income as the PPF only compensates 90% of the income up to a certain cap.

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