Saving from the short to medium term ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ‘‰

People arenโ€™t all made the same. We have different motivations, careers and lifestyles, and all this should be reflected in our savings strategies. Determine your savings goals: you may be looking to get on the property ladder (long-term goal) or book an exotic getaway (short-term goal). Tim Bennett, Partner at Killik - an investment management and financial planning firm - put together this instructive video where he discusses saving from the short to medium term.

Key points:

  • Short to medium term funds need to be placed somewhere that ticks the following boxes: low in price, liquidity, and default risk.
  • If youโ€™re looking to save in the short term, you should be able to have immediate access to your account - which means a lower savings rate. You can get a higher interest rate if you put your money away for longer, say, 12-24 months.
  • Medium term accounts will work harder for your money and (hopefully) get you a higher return.
  • The potential returns are still significantly lower than longer term options.
  • It helps to identify your future cash needs in order to maximise your returns. The longer you can lock up your funds, the greater the return.  
  • Donโ€™t forget about your emergency rainy day fund.
  • Have you considered investing in bonds? This could be a great way to save in the medium-term. Take a look at the video for a great analysis of gilts vs. cash.

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