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What are the benefits of a Stocks & Shares ISA over a cash ISA?

Stocks and shares can provide higher returns than cash over the long term. The chart below shows that over the last 50 years, stocks and shares have returned 5.4% per year, compared to cash at 1.9%. It is worth noting that the volatility on stocks and shares (and therefore risk of loss) is also higher.

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Source: Barclays Equity Gilt study, 2016

Based on historic data, the longer your time horizon, the higher the chance that stocks and shares will beat cash. Over the last 50 years, stocks and shares have beaten cash 75% of the time when held for five years, rising to 91% when held for 10 years and 99% when held for 18 years.

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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest.