Light at the end of the tunnel for savers as inflation drops sharply

Inflation RateNew figures have shown the rate of inflation dropped sharply last month. The data released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), shows the rate of inflation in October slowed dramatically to 2.2%, from 2.7% in the previous month. The sharp fall takes the rate of inflation to its lowest level for a year and will allow the Bank of England, who is targeted to keep inflation at 2%, a small sigh of relief....

Savings: Is the price to beat inflation worth paying?

iStock_000007329749XSmallEven though inflation has started to fall, the clamour for savings accounts which beat inflation has never been stronger. But whilst it’s important to beat inflation, is this the only thing savers should be taking into consideration when selecting a savings account? Why is it important to beat inflation? Simply put, if your savings don’t grow by an amount equal to inflation, the buying power will be reduced and you will lose money in real terms. To put it another way. If at ...

Rate of inflation creeps up, whilst RPI is downgraded

Rate of inflation creeps up, whilst RPI is downgradedThe latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that inflation crept up in February, pushed higher by rising energy prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 2.8% in February having been stuck at 2.7% for the past four months. At the same time the Retail Prices Index (RPI), which is no longer being classed as a ‘national statistic’, actually fell slightly from 3.3% in January to 3.2% in February. According to ...

Rate of inflation falls again, although a rise may be round the corner

Rate of inflation falls again, although a rise may be round the cornerThe rate of inflation slowed again in September, although some experts are now predicting that last month marks the bottom of the current cycle, and we can expect prices to rise more quickly in months to come. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 2.2% in September from 2.5% in August. The CPI measure of inflation is now at its lowest rate since September 2009 and close to the ...