Ever Present Danger
He, my friend Ernie, was a bit shocked at the question. It is not something you generally ask the recently bereaved.
It is however something the family care about.
Will we be able to pay the bills this month, this year, in the future?
I know it sounds a tad un-British to ask about money at such a time but here is what I know. Death or major illnesses intervene when not expected. Having a safety net can make a difference in how you recover from the loss of a loved one or the shock of sickness or injury.
If your busy life has contributed to a heart attack then money at the right time can pay the bills, stopping much of the stress. It can give time for recovery.
In my 35-years career, I have experienced late night calls from worried clients asking “will I be able to pay the mortgage this month. Will I need to sell my home?”
Sickness and death are not just for the elderly but they are an ever-present danger. Most of us, mercifully, will never be harmed at the hands of a terrorist but never the less life rarely treats us kindly.
I return to the subject of ISAs.
Why? Because I am still hearing people complain about the low interest they are getting on cash ISAs. Apart from it being frustrating to overhear this, it occurred to me that people have stopped listening to advice.
Cash ISAs lose money, as inflation is higher than the annual interest rate, FACT
As an independent adviser, each client is different and gets treated differently.
But if you want a simple, do it yourself solution, check out some of the on-line offerings, watching out for charges and historic volatility: Both Prudential and Royal London have funds that are designed to minimise risk.
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Is price the only thing that matters? When it comes to your family probably not.
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