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Saving is where you put your money in a savings account that is either flexible and accessible or fixed for a set time. Savings accounts usually offer predictable interest rates, which makes it easier to plan the amount you’ll need available. It is helpful for short-term goals, such as anything within the next 5 years. A holiday or a wedding are good examples.
Investing is when you put your money in things like stocks, bonds, shares and funds. The returns from investing can be much higher than saving. However, there is also a risk of low or no returns. The longer you invest, the more likely a better return. For this reason, it’s best suited for long-term financial goals of 5 years or more. Good examples could be saving up for a house deposit or investing in a pension that matures in 10 years.
Saving, investing or a combination of both, could be useful ways to help you manage your finances to help achieve your goals.
Cash savings are a great way to provide financial security. Savings can help with both your short and long-term financial goals, and building an emergency fund for any unexpected expenses.
Consider saving if you:
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Investing is a great way of making your money work harder for the future, especially during periods of high inflation. Generally speaking, money invested over the long-term can provide higher returns than savings accounts, depending on interest rates and levels of risk.
Consider investing if you:
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