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Savers worried about the effects of inflation on their savings should shop around to ensure they are getting the best returns they can on their cash. With retail price inflation measured at 5.6% in September 2011 (Source: Office of National Statistics) means conventional instant access and fixed rate bonds currently on offer at the time of writing are struggling to ensure that your money maintains its value in real terms.
The above inflation beating plans provide alternative solutions to conventional fixed rate bonds and are worth considering.
How does inflation impact savings?
The economic definition of inflation is the sustained rise of the price of goods and services over a period of time. A good way to think about the impact of inflation on the buying power of your money is in terms of a “shopping basket” of goods and services that you typically buy in a given month. While the impact of inflation may be difficult to see month on month over a period of years the erosionary effect on the buying power of your pound can be clear to see. For example the average cost of a loaf of sliced white bread (800g) in 1999 was 51p and in 2009 this cost had risen to £1.26, a rise of 147% (Source: Office of National Statistics).