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Ask Paul: Where to save deposit while interest rates are low?

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Q. Paul, I’m wondering if there’s a better way to put away my short-term to mid-term savings, with online accounts giving such low interest rates these days.

I’d like to save up for a house deposit but I want to know if there’s a better way to put my money to work in the meantime. – Theo

A. Theo, I could bang on for quite some time on this topic.

But the truth is simple. Options such as shares, property and other growth assets are for the long term.

As you say, you are investing for the short to medium term.

So stick with online accounts for your deposit.

The low rate of interest is a pain. But this is not as much pain as you would feel if you held growth investments such as shares and got your timing wrong.

Sure, it looks great if you luck out and prices go up but how would you feel if share prices dropped, say 50%, just as you were getting ready to buy your first home and you lost your deposit?

Matching risk and return is the key. Your time frame is short to medium, so stick with short-term to medium-term investments.

Written by Paul Clitheroe

Paul Clitheroe

Paul Clitheroe AM is a respected financial adviser and Money’s chairman and chief commentator. He is chair of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board, and author of several personal finance books. Ask Paul your money question.

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