Keeping larger sums of money squirrelled in basic bank accounts, earning little or no interest, is an all-too-common situation according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – they say that more than £160bn in cash savings is languishing in low-interest accounts purely because consumers find it difficult to know what rate they are on and are reluctant to switch bank accounts due to the inconvenience.

The FCA claims that the £700bn savings market “does not work well” for savers, with more than a fifth of all funds earning the same or less than the Bank of England’s 0.5pc base rate… which is clearly not a satisfactory situation for all those hoping to grow their savings towards a financially secure future. However, saving and investing your money does not have to be so frustrating.

The returns on investments made in FTSE 100 companies over the past ten years (from the start of each calendar year), with dividends re-invested, makes fascinating reading and, with hindsight, we are sure the majority of those who aren’t currently maximizing the potential of their savings would have chosen a different coarse of action.

  • 2015   9.00%
  • 2014   9.80%
  • 2013   30.29%
  • 2012   43.29%
  • 2011   40.16%
  • 2010   57.85%
  • 2009   58.58%
  • 2008   44.05%
  • 2007   54.66%
  • 2006   76.97%
  • 2005   113.75%
 Source: Financial Analytics

With over 21 years’ experience in helping individuals, families and businesses place their financial affairs in context with their future goals and aspirations, the Financial Planning Group pride ourselves in offering simple, structured, disciplined and reviewable planning services.

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