The research reveals that 18% of those with £250k or more in investable assets have 40-60% of these assets in cash, or at least £100k. This group have also benefitted from the lockdown as 35.5% have said they have more money to invest than usual.During periods of stock market volatility, which we’ve seen over the past year, it’s totally understandable that cash feels safe, and can be looked upon as a security blanket of sorts. But in the long run, it can do more harm than good to your financial well-being.
By leaving large amounts of money sitting in cash you could be losing out on substantial returns over the long run. The rates of return on cash accounts are extremely low and have plummeted further still since the COVID-19 outbreak, with the average currently below the rate of inflation.The research also reveals this group are aware of the opportunities, as 42%, the largest of any wealth group, think there are good opportunities in the current market. Indeed, 29% would like to move their cash to investment but don’t know what to do, and 37% plan to be more active with their investments overall.
Every investor needs a cash buffer in case of emergencies, but too much can negatively impact on returns. A good rule of thumb is to save six months of your salary in cash and then invest in a spread of different assets that can deliver a long-term return for your specific goals.It’s important to do this in the most tax-efficient way, by making sure you fully utilise your allowances, including the Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowance and the pension allowance.You might choose to invest because you are looking to achieve potentially higher returns on your money than you might get from holding cash and are comfortable with the idea of setting your money aside for the long term (at least five years or more).
Whether you’re concerned that you’ll lose your money or just don’t know where to begin investing, it’s common for some people to hold large cash balances in deposit accounts, especially in times of market uncertainty. But historically cash has not been a good store of value for individuals due to the corrosive nature of inflation eating into its purchasing power over time.This is particularly acute in the current environment where deposit rates on cash are low and in the event inflation starts to accelerate. If you have excess cash balances you should consider how to protect and grow your capital to meet your specific needs.
It’s understandable that people might choose to hold large sums in cash. However, cash does lose value and this is particularly true in the current low-interest climate. If you’d like to talk about the balance of your assets, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.The research reveals that 18% of those with £250k or more in investable assets have 40-60% of these assets in cash, or at least £100k. This group have also benefitted from the lockdown as 35.5% have said they have more money to invest than usual.