Should I save or invest?

What's the difference between saving and investing article
Could your money be working any harder?

Savings and investments both have a role to
play in your long-term financial plans.

On this page learn more about the difference between saving and investing.


What's the difference between saving and investing?

If you are holding cash in a bank account you could consider investing your money rather than leaving it in the bank.  Savings have the advantage of being dependable and predictable, but in the medium to long term investing your money in assets such as shares and bonds has the potential to offer a better return and protect your spending power.

If you know you'll need a set amount of money in the next 12 months, for example, then regularly depositing in a savings account may be the best solution.  But for more ambitious, longer-term savings goals, investing provides the potential for better returns.

  Investing Saving
What drives how much you have?
  • Amount you put in
  • Changes in price of the shares, bonds or other assets held
  • Charges from investment manager
  • Dividends from shares
  • Income from bonds
  • Amount you put in
  • Bank charges
  • Interest from bank
How does the value change?
  • Can be unpredictable
  • Can go up and down
  • Predictable
  • Usually rises steadily if you keep paying in and getting interest
What are the effects of inflation?
  • Could substantially outperform inflation
  • Currently delivers below-inflation returns
Long term or short term?
  • Most suitable for medium to long term goals (5+ years)
  • Most suitable for short to medium term goals
Can I get my money whenever I want it?
  • With NatWest Invest funds you can to take your money out at any time with no withdrawal charge however it is recommended to keep your money invested for 5+ years
  • It depends, our instant access accounts allow you to take your money out at any time with no charge, whereas our fixed term accounts may be subject to an early withdrawal charge
Is there a minimum I have to put in?
  • It depends, with NatWest Invest funds you could get started with as little as £50, or with regular deposits of £50 per month
  • It depends, with our instant access savings accounts you can start saving from £1 and with our fixed term accounts start saving from £500

We've created NatWest Invest to make investing easy.  If you are over 18, resident and domiciled in the UK and are using NatWest online banking, then you could get started with as little as £50. 

Please remember the value of investments can go up or down, your capital is at risk.

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