All investments involve a degree of Risk of some kind, but different investments have different levels of exposure to risks and to different combinations of Risks. Here are a few that investors need to be alert to.
Your investment is carried lower on the back of a decline in the market for similar assets. Even the best companies struggle in bear markets.
Your investments rise in value but not as fast as inflation. A related risk is interest rate risk – if a central bank raises interest rates in response to rising inflation, this can affect the value of interest rate sensitive
products such as bonds or high yielding shares
A specific catastrophe hits the value of your investment, for example a company whose shares or debt you bought goes bust or defaults on its bonds.
An intermediary with whom you are dealing becomes insolvent, trapping your investment. While you’re protected by the FSCS to some extent, getting your money back can take time and effort.
Spread Your Wealth
As your pot grows larger it’s wise to spread your cash around multiple providers to ensure you don’t exceed the government’s compensation limits in the extremely rare event that your provider goes bust and your money disappears.
Compensation Limits under Financial Services Compensation Scheme
You shouldn’t invest in any financial instrument unless you understand its nature and the extent of your exposure to risk. You should also be satisfied that it is suitable for you in the light of your personal circumstances and financial position.