Base rate cuts: What next for cash?

15 September 2016
The UK base rate is now at a 300 year low and means that many cash funds, including the RLP Deposit Fund, are delivering negative returns to investors. If you have clients sitting in cash it might be a good time to review whether cash is suitable in the current climate.
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We’ve seen a succession of macro-economic events over the summer inject significant doses of volatility into investment markets. From renewed concerns about Greece and the Euro zone, the implications of Brexit and the forever increasing drumbeat of the forthcoming US election. Volatility has been on the rise and many investors may want to turn to money market strategies for the perceived security.

This behaviour can seem perfectly sensible and prudent amongst a backdrop of uncertainty but with the BoE’s recent decision to slash rates further to 0.25%, now may be a good time to remind your clients of the drawbacks of investing in ‘cash’ in the current climate.

Many money market funds, including the RLP Deposit fund, are currently producing negative returns due to the impact of the annual management charge (AMC) and low interest rates. At 0.25%, interest rates now sit at a level below our lowest AMC, and with talk of negative interest rates it seems likely that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

RLP Deposit fund performance

The following performance figures are net of 1.00% AMC:

 Percentage change Compound Annual Growth Rate %
Fund name31.08.15
31.08.16
1 Year
31.08.14
31.08.15
1 Year
31.08.13
31.08.14
1 Year
31.08.12
31.08.13
1 Year
31.08.11
31.08.12
1 Year
3 Years5 Years10 Years 15 Years
RLP Deposit -0.49 -0.49 -0.51 -0.46 -0.17 -0.49% -0.42% 0.83 1.63
LIBID GBP 7 Day Index -0.53 -0.52 -0.53 -0.51 -0.41 -0.53% -0.50% 0.68 1.55
Difference 0.04 0.03 0.02 0.05 0.24 0.03 0.08 0.15 0.09

We offer a range of different funds spanning different types of investments and risk profiles as well as a choice of multiple end points for our lifestyle strategies for you to choose from and recommend for your clients. We are living in uncertain times and the value of investment advice can go a really long way in this tentative landscape and prevent your clients from losing real value in their investments.

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Source: Lipper, bid to bid, as at 31.08.2016. All performance figures, including the figures shown for the growth in the benchmarks, have been calculated net of the Fund Management Charge applicable for each fund. The Compound Annual Growth Rate (C.A.G.R.) is a measure of the investment returns, on a given fund, over the specified period. It allows for the impact of compounding of investment returns, which is particularly important where returns vary from one year to the next. Past performance is not a guide to the future. Prices can fall as well as rise meaning you may not get back the value of your original investment. Investment returns may fluctuate and are not guaranteed.

Last updated: 19 Sep 2016

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