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Can't beat market? Try investing for the long haul to reap returns that can outpace inflation. Read more

Inflation is something of a silent assassin, eroding our savings in a big way if we just sit back and do nothing. The insidious way that steadily rising prices can eat into the lump sums we have squirrelled away in bank accounts can play havoc with anyone's retirement plans. The point was driven home forcefully by Mr Kevin Scully, owner of a boutique financial advisory firm, as he shared some home truths at a recent seminar. One of the bluntest - that "saving is not investing" - set the theme. Mr Scully showed the 600 people who packed into the SIM University auditorium slide after slide illustrating that the costs of food and health care have vastly outpaced the six- and 12-month fixed deposit rates over the past 10 years. "We need to get returns of at least 3 to 5 per cent on our investments just to stand still. Clearly, this will not come from bank deposits." He flagged...

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