Since the 2008 recession, the Government has looked at several ways to assist first time buyers onto the housing ladder. One of which, was the Help to Buy ISA, (H2BISA), launched in December 2015. However, they are about to be closed to new applicants from November 30th.
Over the course of this quarter we aim to help you understand why you might want to invest, where returns come from and the dangers you need to be looking out for. Part 1 covers the difference between saving and investing, and some ground rules to help guide you through the maze of money management.
It is often the case that advisers, brokers, fund managers and their clients do not fully understand the degree of risk they are taking, particularly following sustained periods of benign market conditions, such as those we are currently experiencing. With that in mind, I thought I’d provide you with a timely piece of poetry.
“We are exhausted, fed up and would retire tomorrow if we thought we could afford to“.
This was pretty much the first sentence in a conversation I had some years ago with new clients who ran a business which demanded all of their time, with very little respite. Both in their early 60s and having worked every day for the previous 30 years, they were both pretty much at the end of their tethers.
Following a sustained run of positive returns across equity markets (arguably 9 years), last week saw a return of the ‘V’ word. Volatility has always and always will be with us, and as long as markets exist there can be no returns over and above the risk-free rate (call this the returns from cash deposits) without risk. This is what markets do; as sure as night follows day.