Is rising inflation a wake-up call to review your savings?

| Category: News

You may have seen inflation in the headlines recently. While the cost of living rising is normal, the rate of inflation has increased over the last few months.

The Bank of England (BoE) has a target to keep the annual rate of inflation around 2%. However, the current rate of inflation is 4.2%, the central bank’s figures show. The rate of inflation used is the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which collects the prices of around 700 items. This is then used to calculate how prices have increased.

There are steps the BoE can take to reduce inflation. One of these is to increase interest rates. While there have been hints that interest rates could rise, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to keep rates at historic lows in November. An interest rate rise would have been welcomed by many savers who have suffered from low interest rates for more than a decade.

With the MPC deciding to hold interest rates for now, it’s worth seeing if you’re getting the most out of your savings.

Most accounts will be offering an interest rate that is below the rate of inflation. Over the long term, this gap can mean your savings lose value in real terms. While the figure may grow as interest is added, inflation means that it will buy less. For short-term savings, inflation will have little affect but if you’re saving over several years, it can add up.

Are you getting the most out of your savings?

While you may not be able to change the interest rate, there are some steps you can take to give your savings a boost.

1. Take advantage of offers to move your account

Some banks and building societies offer new customers incentives to move. Taking advantage of these could give your savings a boost.

These incentives could be a one-off deposit to your account or a higher rate of interest for a defined period. Even a small incentive can help you keep up with inflation. Keep an eye out for offers that you’re eligible for. While switching accounts can seem like a chore, it’s often a simple process and banks can even transfer direct debits and standing orders for you.

2. Shop around for the best interest rate

Interest rates might be low across all providers, but there are still differences. Shopping around to find the best interest rate you can access can help you to close the gap between how much your savings are growing and inflation. As with the above, it’s often easy to switch your account.

3. Consider savings accounts with restrictions

Some savings accounts will offer a higher rate of interest but come with restrictions. This may include how much you can put into the account each month, or your savings being locked away for a defined period.

You should assess whether these types of accounts match your goals and would still leave you with an emergency fund. If they do, they can give your savings a welcome boost that could help you bridge the gap.

When to consider moving your savings to investments

As well as reviewing your savings, you should also consider if investing is right for you.

Investing does expose your money to some risk and volatility. However, if you’re saving for a long-term goal, it also presents an opportunity to earn returns that are higher than inflation to preserve your spending power.

If you have an emergency fund in an accessible savings account and your saving goal is more than five years away, investing the surplus savings may be right for you.

While all investments do carry some risk, the level of risk varies. So, it’s important to weigh up how much risk is appropriate for you. We’re here to help you understand investment risk and create a risk profile that matches your situation and goals. We’ll consider areas like your other assets and general attitude to risk.

If you’d like to discuss whether investing and getting the most out of your money, please contact us.

Please note: This blog is for general information only and does not constitute advice. The information is aimed at retail clients only.

The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.


Working with Blue Ocean has enabled myself and my wife to invest our pension savings with the confidence that they are being managed by a professional team of qualified financial advisers. They have been very supportive and responsive when we've requested a detailed analysis of our investment performance and the outcome has been positive in terms of the expected returns. I have recommended family and friends to Blue Ocean and they have been equally very satisfied with the service.

Glen Ridout


A client since 2011

We would have no problem whatsoever in recommending the services of Blue Ocean for sound financial appreciation and advice, all handled in a friendly, convivial and concerned manner. Blue Ocean are always looking at how they can go that extra mile for their clients. This is a rare positive commodity in any business environment in today's world. The financial advice is always considered and simply explained in terms of what if and if you invested here etc. There is no pressure put on me to invest in high-risk return possibilities and at all stages the advice given is tailored to the perceived situation of their clients.

Barry William Ednie

Tonbridge, Kent

A client since 2013

Over the past 18 years, I have received very reassuring advice on my investments and always been treated in a friendly but professional manner.

Jacqueline Prosser


A client since 2001

I have known John for over 20 years and have always been satisfied with his integrity, knowledge and reliability. I recommend him to business and family contacts without reserve.

Paul Richardson


A client since 2002

Bespoke service... friendly, helpful staff.

Jane Stevens

Dartford, Kent

A client since 2017

Blue Ocean resolved a difficult situation in a very satisfactory way. The whole staff are extremely friendly and helpful and it was very cost-effective.

Richard Mersh


A client since 2017

Since we have used John and the team over the years our investments have gone from strength to strength. We’re very happy with the work they have done for us. I am now in a position to retire with no money worries.

Keith Yeates


A client since 2008

Honest, well versed, ‘personal touch’ business out to make sure everyone has satisfaction.

John Townsend

Hearn Bay, Kent

A client since 2017

I have received honest advice in a relaxed, friendly environment with my personal circumstances paramount.

Janice Hill


A client since 2009

I love Blue Ocean Hartley! So very helpful and fantastic staff.

Christine Bryant

Dartford, Kent

A client since 2009

Blue Ocean has always given me the help and advice that I feel protects my family’s investments. Not only have we used Blue Ocean for more than 20 years, but the team have always made us feel welcome. Always at the end of the phone for any advice we may need. Many thanks!

Russell Paul David

Rochester, Kent

A client since 2001

I have been advised by Blue Ocean for the past 21 years, and have always found their service sound, helpful and supportive.

Louise Bober


A client since 1999

Having the benefits of sound financial advice from Blue Ocean for over 20 years, I would recommend them without hesitation.

Andrew Martin

Medway, Kent

A client since 1999

We have used John Doyle and Blue Ocean for over 20 years as our financial adviser for everything from mortgages, pensions, income protection, trusts and investments. His advice has always been realistic, reliable and no-nonsense. He has always understood our requirements and has advised accordingly.

Michaela Franklin


A client since 1999

I find them very easy to deal with. Extremely knowledgeable and with no pressure.

George Howell


A client since 2016

I moved my investments to Blue Ocean in 2014. The advice I have received has been more professional and my investments have performed better. The staff are polite and always quick to respond to queries.

Lee Menzies

East Sussex

A client since 2014

Having been a client of Blue Ocean for the past 3-4 years, I can honestly say there is nobody I trust more with regards to my financial future than John and the team. Too good to be true? Not with Blue Ocean!

Liam Ryan


A client since 2016

Very good, friendly advice from a good team.

Stephen Williams


A client since 2010

Knowledgeable, approachable and always happy to discuss my issues.

Michael Southall


A client since 2018

Professional and reactive to any questions regarding your investment.

Michael Gould


A client since 2011