Challenges for investors in a flat environment

Scott Francis runs through the unique set of circumstances that investors face with the cash rate at a historical low of 1.25 per cent.

Here's the situation. A historical low cash rate of 1.25 per cent, against the RBA calculation of inflation at 1.3 per cent, and suddenly, investing at the cash rate becomes a ‘risk-free’ way to decrease the purchasing power of your money. 

A flat yield curve means there is little joy in just moving to longer term fixed interest investments. At a practical level, this means the 5-year term deposits of the Big Four banks are paying around 2 per cent.  

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