Investment in ISAs continues to grow despite low interest rates – is this the right thing to do as inflation ticks up?
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The amount of money in cash ISAs has continued to grow despite persistent low deposit rates, recent HMRC figures show. The total invested in cash ISAs increased 11% from 2018-19 to 2019-20 – from £44bn to £48.7bn.
The popularity of cash ISAs has persisted despite chronic low-interest rates on those accounts, often below the rate of inflation, creating low or even negative real returns in recent years. This problem is likely to worsen as inflation begins to tick upwards as the economy bounces back from lockdown.
For a greater return on investment, investors may want to consider an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). While they entail a greater element of risk, easyMoney’s Classic IFISA paid an average of 3.62% interest in 2020. Cash ISAs typically offer annual returns of 1% or less, below the current rate of inflation at 2.1%.
easyMoney’s CEO Andrew de Candole says, “Investors in cash ISAs are losing money as things stand. There are a range of options investors can consider, which may involve more risk but also offer the opportunity for real returns. One such option could be one of our expertly managed IFISAs, which offer the opportunity for your savings pot to grow rather than shrink in real terms.”
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