How to protect your money like you protect your garden
Just as you carry out constant checks in your garden to make sure all’s well, you can do the same with your money thanks to FSCS.
The perfect, bountiful garden doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of hundreds of hours of diligent work each year, kneeling on a pad with a cup of tea on one side and the radio on the other.
There’s so much pleasure to be had from nurturing a tiny seed into a healthy plant, but you know better than anyone that it takes a level of vigilance that to anyone else may seem effortless.
Naturally, plants need the right amount of light, food and water to thrive, but also your constant attention to fend off threats from the elements and pests. When it comes to protecting your plants, shielding them from frost or saving them from slugs and snails is all part and parcel. And, all being well, your hard work is rewarded with a beautiful plant, flowers or vegetables.
Check your money is FSCS protected
And as you’ve been toiling away to achieve that perfect garden, you’ve probably used just about every tool in your shed and carried out a few essential checks to make sure each is in good condition along the way. For example, you’ve made sure that any tools with wooden handles haven’t been put away while wet, to guard against rotting. You might have even rubbed linseed oil on them to make them less susceptible to moisture.
For your electrical equipment, you’ll make sure cordless batteries are fully charged, and for any petrol-operated machinery, you’ll top up the oil before long periods of storage.
By taking all these steps, you can ensure your tools will last for years into the future and are ready and safe to use for when the seasons change once again.
Financial Services Compensation Scheme: explained
FSCS protects your money when providers go out of business — so if you already have a pension or investment, or you’re thinking about getting one, it’s important to check that your provider and product are FSCS protected. FSCS is a free service and independent of the financial services industry.
There are so many types of investments and they can be confusing. Click here for handy tips and step-by-step guidance on how to check your investment is FSCS protected.
Pensions are one of the most complicated financial products. Help understand if your pension is FSCS protected by using the FSCS Pensions Protection Checker at fscs.org.uk.
Look after your money
Just like your garden tools, your money needs protection from its own set of risks, such as your pension or investments firm failing. That’s where FSCS can help. FSCS is a completely free and independent service that protects you if any of your financial firms go out of business. It protects lots of financial products like pensions, investments, bank, building society and credit union accounts.
Of course, this isn’t about telling you what to do with your money or making you worry about potential financial trouble. It’s quite the opposite – FSCS can give you peace of mind with a crucial layer of protection. That’s why, as part of your yearly financial MOT, you should check your pensions and investments are FSCS protected.