A great way to save?
Heard a radio ad this morning for RSA Retail Bonds…it went something like this…“There’s no fees or commissions therefore it’s a great way to save”. I disagree strongly with this statement – it is not a great way to save.
It is a great way for people to generate income – at 7.25% for 2 years it is still the best rate out there, but as a long term savings product it is pretty poor. Even at 8.25% the 5 year rate is way below what you could reasonably expect from a balanced fund and the All Share index generated about 11.5% pa for the past 5 years.
I have long been a fan of the RSA Retail Bond and still am for people looking for income but as a savings option I think that it is pretty poor – you can do significantly better over the long term – even after fees and commissions – if you are prepared to put up with a bit of volatility risk.