980m a week but is boss ‘Drastic’ Dave Lewis off to Unilever? DAILY BRIEFING: Gatwick Airport saw passenger numbers increase by 2. Investors went into a frenzy this week when the FTSE 100 reached an all-time high, but for most savers this is little more top ten bonds to invest in a distraction.
Major blue-chip firms are cutting dividends, yields on many funds are hovering around 3 per cent, and government bonds are effectively losing money. For those who are saving into their pension or already in retirement, the question remains: where do I invest for income? The search for income has been the biggest challenge savers have faced over the past six years or so. Low interest rates have forced investors to look outside of government gilts and take on riskier investments.
Property is still attracting a lot of attention. 235million into these funds in January, according to figures from trade body the Investment Association. These funds own retail, residential and industrial properties across the UK and make investors money through the growing value of the estates as well as paying dividends from the rental income. 4 per cent over the past year and is currently yielding 4. 2 per cent in that time and yields 4 per cent. It is easy to see the appeal of these funds, but savers should not put all of their eggs in one basket.
In the property crash of 2007 many savers found themselves trapped in property funds when they tried to get their money out. The managers could not sell their properties quickly enough to free up the money for investors, and so they locked the gates and made people stay in the funds. These funds continue to attract investors, both those seeking income and those looking to spread out their investments. But the costs of investing in property are high and liquidity is poor so you may have to wait to get your money back.