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3 ways to invest money from your sofa (and possibly get more interest than your bank)

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I’ve been really shocked at the appalling rates of interest banks are now offering on savings.  My eSaver now earns only 0.15% which is pretty pathetic.  They might as well not bother.  Our joint savings builder account is a little better with 1.5%.  Still, it’s not a very enticing figure.

This has led me to start investigating other ways I can invest some of our savings for a possible higher return.  I’m a total beginner to all of this, but here are three ways I might be able to get a higher return on my investment than through my savings accounts:

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Invest in property from £10

If you thought you had to be rich to invest in property and build your very own property portfolio, think again.  Companies are now crowdfunding for investment in properties, which means you can invest from as little as £10.  Overseas property crowdfunding company The Resort Crowd are perfect for beginners like me.  They make the whole process really straight forward on their easy to use website.  The Resort Crowd have guaranteed to pay ‘a fixed return of 7% per year during the construction phase and 5% per year once the resort the property is situated on becomes operational.’  This guaranteed interest is a lot more than my savings account.  Plus, as a beginner, I can invest a small amount to become familiar with the process.
Here are the key benefits:

  • First five-star overseas crowdfunding platform 
  • 7% fixed annual returns* offered on investments into luxury resort property 
  • Plus, the first 2 properties offer 7% pro rata returns during the funding period
  • Cape Verde is next big tourism hotspot
  • Investors able to buy in from as little as £10

* As with all investments there are risks, so make sure you read and fully understand the key risks before making any investment.  Only invest an amount you are happy to lose.  Property value can decrease as well as increase.

Shares

There are some great guides of how to buy shares online if you start searching.  I was lucky enough to have to opportunity to buy some shares at my old place of employment and over the past few years these have tripled.  I can manage my account easily online. 
My husband’s work has a share save scheme whereby once a year he can opt in and save a set amount from each wage packet.  The shares are offered at a discounted price, so as long as they don’t fall in three years, he will instantly make a profit.  It’s worth checking if your employer does the same as it can be a great way to save some extra cash and make some too.
You can also choose to invest in a stocks and shares ISA with your bank which may provide greater returns than a normal account.  Have a search of your banks savings account options and see if they offer this type of saver.  Shares are definitely something you want to leave long term if you can.  My bank recommends a minimum of five years. 
Beware though, you aren’t guaranteed to make money with shares as their value can decrease.  Only invest money you are willing to lose and seek professional advice to ensure you are fully aware of the risk potential.

Bonds

There are no interest Premium Bonds, whereby you don’t earn interest at all.  Instead every £1 you have invested is entered into a prize draw each month and the overall interest used as prize money.  I’m quite tempted to invest a little here just for fun to see if we can scoop a large prize.  Your money is not at risk, so even if you don’t win anything, you can still withdraw your original investment at any point.  My Grandad has some money in Premium Bonds and says he’s won more money than he’d have ever made in interest in a regular savings account. 
If you want to guarantee a return, there are Investment Guaranteed Growth Bonds which at the time of writing offer 2.2% on investments up to £3000 if left untouched for three years.  This is more interest than our bank savings, so it makes sense to switch.

Have you ever invested money using the above methods?  I’d love to hear your recommendations.  Please leave a comment below.

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