EM TuningAH Fabrications
Results 1 to 33 of 33
  1. #1
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520

    calling all finance/banking experts...

    so im after some advise and need some teaching on the following subject.

    I have a bit of money that im unsure what to do with, its not a MASSIVE amount, but certainly decent enough to have sat there building interest and incase of an emergency. What i need to know is what are my options in terms of accounts, saving, interest rates, returns, lengths of investment etc etc.

    the shear amount that comes up when searching 'savings account' and 'investments' is staggering, and full of banks bull**** advertising their own services. I need some good, unbiased opinions based on experience really, and some small lessons on how these things work etc. I did do financial studies at college many moons ago, but only very lightly covered things like ISA's and accounts and interest rates due to the vast amount of sub-topics within finance, so i've lost touch of whats what really, i need refreshing.

    i dont particularly need the money right now and for it to be accessible, but, with what life can throw at you i suppose its good to have it ready incase of emergency, so im undecided on an account where i cannot touch it for 3 years or so. on the other hand, i dont want to be tempted by this money sat there, i need to be sensible, thats the foremost approach i need to take!

    please, any experienced people enlighten me.

    regards
    Karl

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    CHEZ's Avatar
    moderately amusing

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    just about, right here!
    Posts
    3,751
    i will look after it mate!
    i am a right banker, so our lass tells me!


    oh! wait a minute.....................................
    with a W apparently!


  4. #3
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,540
    in this day and age its safer to keep it under your matress tbh!
    id just put it in a isa if i were you, but then its along time since my finances allowed me/or gave me the scope to save anything.

    that reminds me i need to punch our child minder in the jaw.

  5. #4
    Chugger

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    North Devon
    Posts
    2,716

    calling all finance/banking experts...

    Whack some solar PV panels on your roof, best safe thing you can do with your money at the moment I reckon. It's an easy way to get a decent return on only 7k... You get about £800 back per year if investing in a bigdog 4kw system

    Although you can't sell them on if you need the cash lol.
    57 A3 2.0 TDI Sportback (140)

  6. #5
    StateOfPlay's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    2,229
    First thing you need to do is use your Tax Free allowance. You have maximum limits each tax year. The most popular type is a Cash ISA because it is held in a savings account rather than invested in shares. This gives you security, with tax free interest. You can put £5640 into a cash ISA each tax year, starting on the 6 April. If you want instant access, you can get 3%,( check out Manchester B/Society) if you can lock it away for 2 years you can get 3.55%.( check out Mansfield B/Soc). All are covered by the FSCS in case you are worried you have never heard of them!

    An investment ISA would not suit, as you need to leave it for 5 years to have a good chance of getting back more than you put in, but that isn't guaranteed anyway. So avoid this unless you have a portion of money you definitely don't want to touch.

    Outside of ISA's, you can get fixed rate savings, again these are not at all risky. Tesco do a 3.6% fixed rate for 2 years, or Halifax do a 3 year for 3.85%. These are gross interest rates, so if you are a taxpayer you will lose 20% in tax, or 40% if you are a higher rate taxpayer.

    All in all, it does depend on how much a "not a massive amount" is.
    Live your life as if nobody is watching you.

  7. #6
    Chugger

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    North Devon
    Posts
    2,716

    calling all finance/banking experts...

    Oh wait... I see your in the northwest. Scrap that, you don't get sun there :P
    57 A3 2.0 TDI Sportback (140)

  8. #7
    Ghost's Avatar
    Boo!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    1,131
    Sounds like you know as much or more than me tbh mate, id say ISA's sound as good as any, but you still need to keep moving money around for best rate, year to year.

    You may want to look at peer to peer lending, but i have never used it or read into it, and don't know how to get into it.
    this is only a quick one i found
    http://banking.about.com/od/peertopeerlending/a/peertopeerlend.htm

  9. #8
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    3,211
    Buy gold mate, it will never depreciate in case of deeper recession. I would buy a ****ty property as well and get it refurbished if you have enough to put down for the deposit then rent it ! Forget about banks, their policy is to use your money without giving nowt in exchange...that's why they grown so big !
    FOR SALE:
    -Golf mk 5/audi a3 1.6 FSI fuel pump, brand new genuine part boxed + seals
    -audi a3 (1998 to 2003) genuine clutch slave cylinder to fit 1.6 engines BRAND NEW
    -Rear bush press tool to fit new rear axle bushes on Golf Mk3/4, Audi a3/S3, Seat Leon/Toledo, Skoda Octavia mk 1/2 used once

  10. #9
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    I have 5k to put somewhere.

    Having had an investment ISA I don't think I'll opt for this, didn't get a great return, can't remember figures, in the gym so can't check. I had the max amount in that, 5640, and some in another fixed rate, but return wasn't amazing, prob due to taxes.

    Cash ISA seems to fit the bill, a year with 3 percent, 2 year 3.55 seems **** to me, based on the examples above.

    I don't want and expect miracles, esp on 5k. But if its secure, from me aswell, and sees a bit of growth, then great.
    I was basically asking if there was anything really brilliant out there, I imagine not.

  11. #10
    CHEZ's Avatar
    moderately amusing

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    just about, right here!
    Posts
    3,751
    buy drugs? be a pimp? or buy art! the world is your oyster my friend!
    or pi55 it up the wall and have an almighty bender!


    or propose......................


  12. #11
    brasiliangringo's Avatar
    3rd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    538
    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    I have 5k to put somewhere.

    Having had an investment ISA I don't think I'll opt for this, didn't get a great return, can't remember figures, in the gym so can't check. I had the max amount in that, 5640, and some in another fixed rate, but return wasn't amazing, prob due to taxes.

    Cash ISA seems to fit the bill, a year with 3 percent, 2 year 3.55 seems **** to me, based on the examples above.

    I don't want and expect miracles, esp on 5k. But if its secure, from me aswell, and sees a bit of growth, then great.
    I was basically asking if there was anything really brilliant out there, I imagine not.
    There is nothing out there which you will get a good return on tbh. Interest rates are flat. Lock it up in a 5 year bond with a blue chip - rates are pretty good..

    Compare the best 4 & 5 year fixed rate bonds - moneyfacts.co.uk

  13. #12
    jojo's Avatar
    S3 Drift King!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Solihull, Midlands
    Posts
    25,434
    I was going to suggest property, but you would need £15k+



    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
    You've got to have a laugh! For Sale:LCR Brakes - £400



  14. #13
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    Where on earth would I be without you chezabel! Ever so helpful!

  15. #14
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    Bond with a blue chip???
    Can you elaborate?

  16. #15
    CHEZ's Avatar
    moderately amusing

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    just about, right here!
    Posts
    3,751
    [QUOTE=superkarl;1667616]Where on earth would I be without you chezabel! Ever so helpful![/QUOTE

    you would probably drink lots of stella mate and have a big belly!

    seriously though, £5k to invest i would prob buy a couple of light accident damaged right offs and repair them and sell them on!
    probably vans or cheap run abouts! (peugeot vans and fiat pandas)


  17. #16
    StateOfPlay's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    2,229
    Oh, you want something amazing with £5k?

    Buy shares. Just do your research. Banks are cheap at the moment, but you might want to wait until the LIBOR scandal is over. Set yourself up with an online share dealing account, to keep the costs down, and then buy a mix of shares with SOME of the £5k and have some fun at the same time.

    I make a few quid each year by doing this. I am not a great risk taker, so I will never be a millionaire, but I do get a good return and have lots of fun doing it.
    Live your life as if nobody is watching you.

  18. #17
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    Quote Originally Posted by StateOfPlay View Post
    Oh, you want something amazing with £5k?

    Buy shares. Just do your research. Banks are cheap at the moment, but you might want to wait until the LIBOR scandal is over. Set yourself up with an online share dealing account, to keep the costs down, and then buy a mix of shares with SOME of the £5k and have some fun at the same time.

    I make a few quid each year by doing this. I am not a great risk taker, so I will never be a millionaire, but I do get a good return and have lots of fun doing it.
    ive thougt about this, but I've always thought its very risky, like true gambling, I'll do some homework

  19. #18
    Reesy's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    East Sussex
    Posts
    3,604
    Take £500 out of it and get a clutch and a remap sorted. (it's an emergency)

    Put the rest in an isa. Unless you know what you are doing shares are risky and any that aren't don't really make you any money..


  20. #19
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,540
    5k is not a lot of money anymore. it wouldnt even pay off half of my debts im juggling and struggling with!

    stick it in a cash isa and try to forget its there is my advice.

    do you have any children? put it in one of those childrens saving accounts they can only access when their 18/21? they had good rates back in the day.

  21. #20
    Brodster's Avatar
    Shark Performance In Scotland

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Scottish Borders
    Posts
    3,393

    My Social Networking

    Follow Brodster On Twitter Add Brodster on Facebook
    Gold and diamonds are always a winner but make sure you know what your dealing with. I buy diamonds and keep them. And you can pick up an uncut 1ct diamond grade D and Internally Flawless for about 2k. That when cut and graded is worth more than 8k. All my missus's diamonds are done this way.
    Angelwax/BBS/BCS/Bilstein/Cobra/CTS Turbo/DTUK/H&R/K-Sport/KW/Loba/Milltek/Shark Performance/Oz Racing/TPI/VCDS/V-Maxx/Vossen/Wagner

  22. #21
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    Quote Originally Posted by murran View Post
    5k is not a lot of money anymore. it wouldnt even pay off half of my debts im juggling and struggling with!

    stick it in a cash isa and try to forget its there is my advice.

    do you have any children? put it in one of those childrens saving accounts they can only access when their 18/21? they had good rates back in the day.
    well apologies, but 5k to me is alot of money, which is why its always been taken care of by me and not spent, always put aside.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brodster View Post
    Gold and diamonds are always a winner but make sure you know what your dealing with. I buy diamonds and keep them. And you can pick up an uncut 1ct diamond grade D and Internally Flawless for about 2k. That when cut and graded is worth more than 8k. All my missus's diamonds are done this way.
    now this is good interesting info!

  23. #22
    jdp1962's Avatar
    Grumpy Old Man

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Cruising on a mountain of torque
    Posts
    5,663
    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    well apologies, but 5k to me is alot of money, which is why its always been taken care of by me and not spent, always put aside.
    And that's why you have £5,000 to save, instead of £10,000 you can't pay back.
    A4 3.0TDi SE Quattro Auto. Factory-fit: RNS-E/bluetooth; F/R parking sensors; full leather/heated front seats; cruise. Retrofit: Remap; Eibach 30mm lowering springs, RS4 RARB; MTEC drilled/grooved discs; 18" RS4 alloys; VW fan washers; Kinetic Digitizor DAB; Blackvue DR380 camera; front armrest; ambient lighting; white LED lights; autodim mirror; Cupra splitter; S-Line door blades; tints; UK pressed plates; MFSW; SDS; TPMS; LED Taillights and DRLs. RS aluminium pedals


  24. #23
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,540
    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    well apologies, but 5k to me is alot of money, which is why its always been taken care of by me and not spent, always put aside.
    im not saying 5k isnt alot of money to me, quite the opposite..... £50 is alot of money to me atm.
    im saying that when you can easily spend £150 on a weekly shop and put £100 worth of fuel in your car...... in todays world 5k is not alot of money.

  25. #24
    s3dave's Avatar
    TFSI Hybrid

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    west yorks
    Posts
    10,121
    I would not trust any financial organisation at the moment, anything can happen and has...
    Its ok banks saying your money is safe but the reality is nobodys is...The euro disaster has not happened yet.....

    Investment organisations are full of lying thieving scum so keep away from them too....

    I think precious minerals are far to expensive now...you may have missed the band wagon there....

    I know you are at uni, so what about setting yourself up in business part time, buying and selling...or invest in a local business for an agreed return?

  26. #25
    StateOfPlay's Avatar
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    2,229
    Ah well, all the advice hasn't been good enough, last try, how about using all the money to buy premium bonds?

    No risk other than if you have bad luck and don't win anything at all! But you could win a fortune!
    Live your life as if nobody is watching you.

  27. #26
    6th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    1,540
    good call, my grandad has knocking on 30K in premium bonds. it does well by all accounts, whatever he wins he buys more premium bonds with it.

  28. #27
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    Quote Originally Posted by murran View Post
    im not saying 5k isnt alot of money to me, quite the opposite..... £50 is alot of money to me atm.
    im saying that when you can easily spend £150 on a weekly shop and put £100 worth of fuel in your car...... in todays world 5k is not alot of money.
    i understand. and quite right in that perspective. i know that the 5k would be very easy to spend on my car thats for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by StateOfPlay View Post
    Ah well, all the advice hasn't been good enough
    not true at all.
    i've taken on board all the replies, and certainly value what you have contributed. thankyou.

    i've got a couple of weeks to sort this out, no rush, and nothing will happen to it just sitting there.
    i've briefly read up on diamonds. but need to do more enquiries as to estimate what is what. still i bit of a gamble tho.
    perhaps a cash ISA is most suitable for me.

  29. #28
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    money is in an instant access cash ISA at 3%. Win

  30. #29
    crazy88's Avatar
    Loving the anonymity

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,802

    Re: calling all finance/banking experts...

    I am purely replying to this thread to congratulate chez on his replies. They were exceptional.

    Glad you've decided to do something with it Karl. I pump any extra money I have into my house at the moment. I'm hoping house prices don't tumble and crash, but I think they should be fine.


  31. #30
    jojo's Avatar
    S3 Drift King!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Solihull, Midlands
    Posts
    25,434
    Quote Originally Posted by superkarl View Post
    money is in an instant access cash ISA at 3%. Win
    Which Bank? If you don't mind me asking.



    99' Audi S3(APY) - Brilliant Black Click>>>Going Sideways vid!
    You've got to have a laugh! For Sale:LCR Brakes - £400



  32. #31
    superkarl's Avatar
    MAN OF STEEL

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Liverpool/Southport. N west
    Posts
    7,520
    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Which Bank? If you don't mind me asking.
    santander.
    the money has been with them for 5 years previously in an investment ISA.

  33. #32
    crazy88's Avatar
    Loving the anonymity

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    4,802

    Re: calling all finance/banking experts...

    And don't suppose we can have your address, mothers maiden name and bank account number too can we?


  34. #33
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    N. Wales, LL22
    Posts
    1,224
    my isa is full, so i used what i had spare to do loan sharking
    VCDS in North Wales
    2007 A6 3.0TDi S-Line Le Mans Avant , adaptive xenon lights, sunroof, privacy glass, towbar, led rears & randomly rear seat airbags
    1999 Honda S2000 , mcb low milage jap import, fully bushed, mugen exhaust <<< for sale! <<<
    2001 Passat TDi 130 Sport < sold!! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/Ste_Nova/Passat/PB140007s.jpg

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Calling all xneon / halogen headlight experts !
    By mattyboy199 in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 21st May 2012, 00:14
  2. calling all detaling experts
    By nally in forum Detailing
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 20th November 2011, 20:17
  3. Calling all those with Avus on A3s (again - sorry!)
    By FactionOne in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 27th November 2006, 22:08
  4. Calling all s4 owners- NEED A PIC of your rear
    By imported_Yaseen in forum A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 19th January 2005, 17:43
  5. Call All A2 TDi Owners!
    By stuart_d in forum A2 forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17th October 2003, 08:20

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO