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Pensioners are the UK’s savviest and ‘switchiest’ savers

6th October 2014 Print

When it comes to looking after their nest eggs, the UK’s over 65s are the savviest and ‘switchiest’ savers, according to research commissioned by Savings.

Researchers asked over 2,000 UK adults questions about their attitude towards and knowledge of their savings and found that the over 65s were the most likely age group to regularly review their savings, to know what interest rates they were earning, and be most likely to switch to better-paying accounts.

25% of over 65s switch to get better deals

40% of over 65s regularly review their savings

35% know what interest rates their savings are earning

25% are happy to have an internet only account

34% like to save with a well-known bank or building society

Two fifths (40%) of over 65s regularly review their savings to ensure they’re getting the best interest rate, compared to 16% of 18 to 24 year olds. And 35% of over 65s know what rate of interest their savings are earning compared to 14% of 35 to 44 year olds. The research also found that over 65s were most likely to switch to better deals with 25% moving their savings around for better interest rates compared to just 4% of 18 to 24 year old savers.

30% of UK savers say they would move their savings account to earn any amount of extra interest but only half of them (15%) actually do.

The survey also found that older savers are more likely to stick to the names they know rather than chase better rates with some of the new providers. A third (34%) of over 65s said that they like to have their savings with a well-known bank or building society, and 22% like to be able to go into a branch to withdraw their money. However, 25% would be happy to have an ‘internet only’ savings account. For 28% of over 65s, knowing their money was safe was more important than the interest rate.

Matt Sanders, banking spokesperson at, said: “When it comes to making the most of their money, UK savers would do well to follow the example set by their elders. Of all of the age groups polled, the over 65s were most switched on to managing their savings and actively seeking out better rates of return. Whilst just 1 in 20 (4%) 18 to 24 year old savers moved their money to get better deals, a quarter (25%) of senior citizens actively sought accounts with higher returns.

“Almost a third (30%) of the adults who took part in the survey said that they’d switch their savings account to get any amount of extra interest, but in the main it’s older savers who actually put the effort in and move their money around. With so many sources of information on savings ‘best buys’, including comparison sites, newspapers and online money guides, the deals are there to be snapped up. So whether it’s having more time to spare or knowing that they have to make the most of what they’ve got, over 65s are easily the UK’s savviest savers.”