Offsetting the negative effects of inflation
Why more people are retaining exposure to stocks and shares
New research suggests that UK adults are planning to use equity investments to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of living. Over half (53%) of UK adults rate the rising cost of living as their number one fear for retirement, and almost a third (32%) of pre-retirees say they would retain some exposure to stocks and shares to offset the negative effects of inflation on their retirement income.
The figures show that the rising cost of living is UK adults’ number one fear for retirement, above keeping fit and healthy (45%) or even losing a spouse or partner (32%). When asked about how they planned to offset the declining purchasing power of their pension pots and the negative impact of inflation, almost a third (32%) of non-retired respondents aged 55 and over said they would retain some exposure to stocks and shares.
As stated earlier, almost a third of pre-retirees say that they would retain some exposure to stocks and shares to offset the negative effects of inflation on their retirement income.
The graph below highlights the real terms performance (after taking account of inflation) of the MMM Balanced Portfolio over the past three years against a typical benchmark and deposit account. This portfolio has an FE risk score of 62 (Source – FE Analytics 02 December 2014) which means that it features around 62% of the volatility of the FTSE 100 index.
Sources: MGM Advantage research among 2,028 UK adults aged 18+, conducted online by Research Plus Ltd, fieldwork 17–22 October 2013.
 Source: MGM Advantage research among 2,060 UK adults aged 55+, of which 663 were non-retired, conducted online by Research Plus Ltd, fieldwork 4–11 October 2013.
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