Q. I’m wondering if there’s a better way to put away short- to mid-term savings, with online accounts giving low interest rates.
I’d like to save for a house deposit but I want to know if there’s a better way to put my money to work. – 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.
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%, when you were set to buy a home?
Matching risk and return is the key. Your time frame is short to medium, so stick with short- to medium-term investments.