Introdution to Savings & Investments
THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND THE INCOME THEY PRODUCE CAN FALL AS WELL AS RISE. YOU MAY GET BACK LESS THAN YOU INVESTED.
TAX TREATMENT VARIES ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Where Can I Put My Money?
There are a number of different types of savings products out there. The links in this section will provide a guide to what is available to you.
What's The Difference Between Saving And Investing?
Saving is a stage on the way to investing.
You cannot be an investor without being a saver – but you can be a saver without being an investor.
When someone talks about savings and saving money, it could be referring to a piggy bank on the mantelpiece or a high interest deposit account. Savings are effectively cash or cash instruments, such as deposit accounts or term bonds.
Investing is what you can do with the savings you have created – if you are looking to generate a return on your money that is greater than what is already available to you through your savings instruments.
As a saver, you will be taking very few and very small risks with your money.
As an investor you are taking a much greater risk. Not only is the return on offer to you likely not to be fixed or guaranteed, the capital sum you invest is at risk as well.
So why would anyone want to take such risks? The short answer, of course, is because the potential rewards may be greater and you want to generate more from your money than is possible by simply leaving it in a bank or building society deposit account.
What Should I Do Now?
Since there are so many different types of savings and investments, and there are potential risks with investments in particular, it is wise to seek expert advice which can be tailored to suit your own circumstances.
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