19 December 2022 | 2-mins read
We all know the importance of savings. A good guide on how much to save each month would be to follow the 50-30-201 rule where you allocate 20%1 of your salary to savings or investments. Rather than just stashing all your savings in a bank account, making your money work harder for you can compound your earnings and fight the effects of inflation.
To put it into simple terms, inflation represents the decline in real purchasing power. The S$1 that you used to buy a cup of Kopi in year 2000 can't buy you that same cup in 2022 and beyond. Instead, you may need to pay S$1.50 to S$2 for it today. The amount may seem small, but what if you think about the same effect applied to more expensive items like your your HDB flat or medical bill in Singapore?
As seen in the chart above, the inflation rate has been increasing over the years in Singapore. As of August 2022, inflation is at 7.5%2, up from 7.0%2 in the prior month. This was the fastest rise in consumer prices since June 2008, with food prices rising the most in nearly 14 years2.
With inflation progressively rising, you are losing purchasing power over time by simply leaving your money in a savings account with low interest rates. Thankfully, there are many ways in which you can protect yourself against inflation in Singapore.
A regular bank savings account has its merits, one of which is being accessible to your money whenever you need it. To counter inflation, banks have been coming up with savings accounts with competitive interest rates. Refer to the list to find out the in the year 2022.
Apart from regualr bank savings accounts, you can consider alternatives such as with protection coverage. Planning for your future in an uncertain economy requires an insurance plan that builds your funds while protecting your loved ones.
Investing is an effective way to have your money work for you and potentially build wealth. There are many types of investment products available, so it is important to consider the following questions5:
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Information is correct as at 19 December 2022.