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How to maintain your financial wellbeing
As interest rates continue to rise, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your personal finances remain in good standing. It is always important to remain on top of your finances, but especially during times of rising interest rates, as many people start to feel the squeeze.
Here are some points to consider to protect your finances and maintain your financial wellbeing against rising interest rates.
Tracker mortgages will be the first mortgage products to feel the effect of interest rate rises. If you are on a variable rate tracker mortgage, your monthly repayments will immediately increase. This is because the amount of interest you are charged on your debt with this type of borrowing varies, depending on the rate set by the Bank of England.
If you’re on a standard variable rate mortgage, you might also want to consider switching to a fixed rate deal as you’re likely to find more competitive rates. This will protect you from any future rate rises for the duration of the deal. However, you might need to act quickly as mortgage rates have been creeping up for months and are likely to continue doing so.
2. Credit cards
The rate of interest on your credit card can increase with rising interest rates, and you may find the cost of alternative credit cards has gone up too. If you have a good credit rating and have outstanding credit card debt, it may be appropriate to consider looking to move your debt to a cheaper rate or to a 0% deal.
0% balance transfer credit card deals are still currently available, as well as 0% purchase deals, meaning that you could cut the cost of your debt if your are paying high rates of interest. However, the best deals are only available to those with good credit ratings and those who have poorer scores may find themselves trapped on higher cost debt.
3. Pensions and investments
As many people across the country are feeling the squeeze of rising interest rates and a cost of living crisis, it’s more important than ever to make sure your finances are in good shape. One way to do this is by making sure you don’t touch your pension or investments. While it may be tempting to dip into these savings to help make ends meet in the short term, it’s important to think about the long-term impact this could have on your retirement plans.
Drawing down on your pension or selling investments could leave you worse off in the long run, so it’s important to consider all of your options before making any decisions. Consolidating your old pensions into one could help you cut down on management fees and give you a better picture of how your finances are looking. But before transferring your pensions it is essential to discuss this with your Succession Wealth Planner.
4. Review spending
Rising interest rates can also be a real problem and push up the cost of items you are buying. Going through your spending with the finest tooth comb can help you find areas where you may be able to cut back, and save money in the long run. Keep an eye on your budget and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that you are aware of your outgoing costs and can adapt your spending accordingly. Being able to see exactly where your money’s going will help you to pin down where you can make savings and cuts.
Ask yourself: What’s coming in and going out? Can I get something for cheaper? And (often the hardest of all): Do I really need that? Look at the money you have coming into your home – whether that’s just you or with someone else. You want to look at every single thing that’s going out (there may be a lot more than you think).
5. Emergency savings
When it comes to financial security, one of the most important things you can do as we start to feel a squeeze on personal fiancees, is to keep emergency savings aside for when you may need them. Having a nest egg that you can tap into in times of need can help you weather a rising interest rates storm. One method is to create a dedicated savings account that you only use for this purpose. This way, you can easily access the funds when you need them but they remain out of reach for everyday spending.
Aim to build up enough to cover between three to six months’ expenses, or as much as you can afford. The best thing to do is make room for your savings in your budget as one of your outgoings. By doing so, it’ll help you see your savings as a must, rather than a must-do-later. And if you can, set up an automated payment from your normal bank account straight into your savings account – that way you don’t even need to think about it.
Don’t forget your long-term financial security
It’s important to think about the long term during times of rising interest rates when it comes to your finances. Making short-term decisions could jeopardise your long-term financial security. To discuss your situation or plans or for further information, please contact us.
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