Don't Blame Investors for Resorting to Risk

Editor's Views: Why rock bottom savings rates are driving people to take on more risks for a better return, a year since lockdown shows the perils of predictions and don't forget your Isa

Holly Black 26 March, 2021 | 11:08AM
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The regulator is worried about the gamification of investing. So are a lot of people. The gung-ho, risk-on attitude of a cohort of (often inexperienced) investors who can’t afford to lose their bets is troubling to say the least.

But I don’t think it’s fair to blame it on Reddit, Bitcoin or lockdown boredom. The desperation to make a fast buck has been building for years. What’s fuelling it? Not social media but rock-bottom interest rates.

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor, Morningstar.co.uk