There’s something satisfying about saving money over time to put aside for a long-term goal. And there are lots of different options to choose from and each has a potential return that can beat inflation. However, it is crucial to consider the various types of investments and how they align with your financial goals overall especially your tolerance for risk.

Funds and investments

A fund is an investment that pools your money with the money of other investors and invests it in a variety of assets. This spreads your risk because you don’t depend on the performance of one type of asset. For example, a UK equity fund would be made up of shares from various British companies.

However, you can find funds that provide an array of different types of assets or even specific areas. That means there’s an investment that will suit any investor, regardless of their level of experience, timeframe for investment or approach to risk.

Bond funds are a popular choice of investment. They are comprised of IOUs (debt) generally from governments or companies – and can be an investment that is less volatile than stocks. However, they can still be affected by changes in interest rates and the credit rating of the issuer.