Newsletter Apr 2011 – Inflation – Riding the Wave

With inflation on the rise and interest rates stubbornly remaining low, investors can be forgiven for feeling the pinch as the real value of their assets is eroded, but there is no reason why, with expert advice and a well-balanced portfolio, you cannot ride the inflation wave and come out on top.

February saw inflation in the UK hit its highest level in over two years with the Consumer Price Index peaking at 4.4%, more than double the government’s 2% target. Rising prices in clothing, food, communications and fuel were the drivers for the increase on January’s figure of 4%. There were also local factors at work, with the hike in VAT and increased taxation in general also taking their toll. With fuel prices still on the increase some have predicted inflation will hit 5% in the coming months.

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