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Over 55s’ spending power falls

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03/10/2012
The spending power of the over 50s has dramatically fallen in the past few years according to recent research from YouGov.

The data found that nearly one third of over 55s do not save any money each month, and nearly half are concerned about finances and retirement funds.

This correlates with the latest report by the Saga Foundation revealing the spending power of people over 50 has been cut by 9% as a direct result of government policies and the Bank of England’s money printing.

Tim Johnson, CEO of Paymentshield, said: “The combination of low interest rates, pension costs and inflation has clearly had a devastating impact on the over fifties, especially with the general cost of living increasing.

“With an unpredictable economy and employment market, one would hope that more people, particularly older generations, are preparing themselves financially for the unexpected.

“Unfortunately, because budgets are being squeezed, many are finding it difficult to put away savings, but this is why it is especially important for the over 50s to seek financial advice.”

The research also highlights that nearly half of over 55s had never visited a broker or financial adviser to discuss their finances.

Johnson added: “No one knows what’s around the corner and it’s never too late to obtain financial advice. By visiting a broker or independent financial adviser, people can get guidance tailored to their individual financial situation.”

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