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Inflation and how it impacts on your personal finance and investments



Whether you manage a personal savings account for future goals or are an investor, everyone is impacted by inflation. The results of your savings or investments are significantly impacted by inflation. However, what are the actual repercussions and effects that the typical individual should anticipate encountering in real life? This blog discusses  the implications and repercussions of inflation.

 

What is inflation?

 

The gradual increase in prices or the rate at which prices rise over a specified time period that lowers the value of money is known as inflation. It often happens when the amount of money in circulation rises, pushing up prices and devaluing currency. Usually, inflation is measured broadly, as in the case of a country's cost of living increase or general price increase.

 

Based on this data, we can get a basic idea of how inflation over time may negatively impact your savings and investments.

 

Impact of inflation on savings

 

The following are a few ways that inflation may affect savings:

 

Purchasing power declines - With every increase in the cost of goods and services, the money that you own becomes less valuable. The amount that used to purchase groceries for a week could now only cover a fraction of those expenses. This suggests that you will ultimately need to spend more money in order to maintain the same level of life, and that your buying power will decrease if you do not have additional money to spend.

 

Effects on retirement plans - Retirement planning is one of the most significant facets of personal finance. Inflation may ruin your retirement planning if it is not properly factored in. You need to plan for inflation while estimating your future spending and setting your retirement goals in order to be able to use your savings for retirement to pay for living costs.

 

Impact of inflation on investments

 

Understanding how inflation affects investments is essential to making wise financial decisions. The following are a few ways that inflation may affect investments:

 

  • Nominal returns can be negatively affected when inflation is extremely high.

  • Investments may lose their value due to a rise in price.

  • Inflation can also reduce returns on fixed-income investments.

 

Assets like real estate typically benefit more from inflation as investments. Not all assets are badly impacted by inflation; some might even benefit from it. The majority of investors who hedge against inflation often get greater returns on their assets when inflation is present.

 

If you would like to discuss ways to mitigate inflation on your business, please email enquiries@ovacgroup.com, for a free consultation with our team specialists.

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