Is Inflation Here to Stay?

Editor's View: Some investors have never experienced the effects of rising prices on their savings

Holly Black 2 July, 2021 | 10:05AM
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This week we held the 15th annual UK Morningstar Investment Conference. It’s not quite business as usual of course, and we weren’t able to welcome you in person, but hundreds of you joined us online for the event, which saw top fund managers including JPMorgan’s Clare Hart, M&G’s Jim Leaviss, Polar Capital’s Ben Rogoff, and BlackRock’s Roland Arnold, take to the virtual stage to give their thoughts on the most important trends in investing. If you didn’t manage to catch the sessions live, there’s still time to catch up on the Morningstar Investment Conference site and we'll have plenty of content for you too over the coming days.

Across two jam-packed days of diverse sessions, there were a few key themes that seemed to dominate discussions. Firstly, inflation and the need to take it seriously. There’s a whole generation of investors out there that has never experienced proper inflation – it’s around 10 years since UK inflation was above 5%. And that means they've never had to guard against the brutal effects that this can have on your savings. How high can inflation go, is the question on many an investor's mind at the moment, and is it here to stay?

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Holly Black  is Senior Editor, Morningstar.co.uk

 

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