Here are seven ways low interest rates can help you make money.
It's simple but powerful. If you have got money available to drawdown, pay off your credit cards as the interest payments are higher on these than currently on your home loan.
Just because the rate of return on term deposits may be lower in a low interest rate environment, doesn't mean they should be ruled out altogether from your wealth management strategy.
Research different types of accounts, like online accounts or term deposits, and see if you can find a better rate if you commit to investing for a set period. If it seems unlikely interest rates might rise in the short-term and you don’t need immediate access to your money, you’re likely to be rewarded for your loyalty.
Why not use the cash left over from mortgage repayments to build an investment portfolio to increase your wealth management footprint. For as little as $100 a month, you can contribute to an investment portfolio that invests in a range of asset classes that over time will grow your wealth.
Getting ahead on your mortgage is a great financial strategy, and easy to do if you are already in the habit of paying more than you need to cover interest repayments. So keep your repayments at their existing higher level while interest rates are steady or dropping, and you can knock years off your mortgage.
In an environment where interest rates look set to be low for a long time, you may want to consider fixing the interest rate on your home loan and lock in a low interest rate.
Although no-one knows exactly what will happen with share markets and the economy, it’s fair to say in times like these, where global governments are implementing extraordinary stimulus packages to protect their economies, you can have a certain level of confidence that interest rates will remain low for some time until there’s a sustained period of recovery.
By fixing your home loan rate, you may have a better handle on your finances each month and be able to budget effectively for your other living expenses.
By investing outside of cash alone into other asset classes, you will improve the exposure you have to interest rate movements and improve the diversification in your investment portfolio.
These funds provide exposure to the full range of fixed interest environments, adding better diversification benefits to your investment portfolio, exposure to potential upside while helping manage any downside.
This Information is current as at 18/08/2020.
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