Most investors will have lost money so far in 2022. The S&P 500, the United States’s benchmark stock market index, is down 18 per cent this year so far, while its high-growth counterpart the Nasdaq has fallen 28 per cent.

In the UK, the FTSE 100 has done better but remains down 2 per cent. The smaller company FTSE 250 is down 16.9 per cent.

The value of cash is eroded every day by inflation. It is expected to peak at about 10 per cent this year, but over a long period it will be much lower than that. Expectations for now are that inflation will average 4.5 per cent for the next decade. If this is the case then cash will lose half of

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