Interest rates are influenced by your country’s central bank. They may be adjusted to stimulate or curb a country's economic growth.
Understanding how the rise and fall of interest rates affect businesses, individuals (like you and me) and ultimately your investments, will help you ride the wave with confidence.
What happens when interest rates rise
In general, high interest rate cools an overheated economy and reduces inflation.
Higher borrowing costs impedes business plans
Cost for businesses to borrow money is increased, thus businesses will likely halt or reduce growth projects.
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Savings are more attractive due to higher deposit rates; individuals may consider investing in assets, businesses or sectors that will benefit from rising interest rate.
Sectors and assets that benefit from rising interest rates
Investment opportunities in the midst of a high interest rate environment:
What happens when interest rates fall
In general, low interest rate stimulates economic growth and increases inflation.
Cheaper for businesses to borrow
The cost for businesses to borrow money is reduced, thus businesses will likely embark on growth projects such as business acquisitions and expansions and product developments.
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Savings are less attractive due to lower deposit rates; individuals are likely to invest spare cash into investment instruments for better returns.
Sectors that benefit from falling interest rates
Investment opportunities in the midst of a low interest rate environment:
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