HSBC UK Offers Financial Guidance as Brits Express Desire for More Financial Education

…By for TDPel Media. A recent study conducted on 2,000 adults in the UK has revealed interesting insights into the savings habits and financial aspirations of the population

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. While the typical Brit has more than £12,000 in savings, there is a significant gender gap, with women having £3,000 less than men on average.

The study also sheds light on the importance of having financial buffers, with a large majority of respondents dreaming of securing their financial future through savings.

Savings Trends and Aspirations

The research indicates that an overwhelming 79 percent of the participants wish to build a financial buffer to protect themselves from unforeseen circumstances.

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Among savers, 60 percent are keen on maximizing their savings “just in case” of future uncertainties.

As a result, the average adult sets aside £306 per month, equivalent to 15 percent of their salary.

Impressively, 10 percent of respondents manage to save more than £1,000 monthly.

Challenges in Maintaining Savings

While many individuals are proactive in building their savings, the study highlights that 16 percent of those with savings currently struggle to contribute regularly to their funds.

Even more concerning, 7 percent of all respondents find themselves unable to save any money at all.

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Among different age groups, those aged 25-34 save the most, with an average of nearly £490 per month, whereas older adults aged 65 and over contribute the least, with just £228 monthly.

Despite this, the latter age group tends to have the most substantial overall savings, averaging £17,189 per person.

Missed Opportunities

Surprisingly, 31 percent of savers do not move their money to accounts with higher interest rates, missing out on the opportunity to earn extra cash.

As interest rates rise, failing to take advantage of better options could be costing them valuable returns on their savings.

HSBC UK’s Financial Guidance

HSBC UK commissioned the research and offers free financial health checks and webinars to provide personalized guidance to customers and non-customers alike.

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These resources include the chance to book a call with a financial wellbeing consultant for additional support.

Financial Savviness and Budgeting

The study indicates that 80 percent of adults describe themselves as fairly savvy or very savvy when managing their finances.

While many individuals prioritize saving, with half putting any spare cash into their savings at the end of the month, there is still room for improvement.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents have cut back on luxuries to boost their savings, and 35 percent follow a budget to ensure consistent savings.

The primary motivation for saving is to establish a rainy day fund, surpassing both holidays and retirement as reasons to save.

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The Need for Financial Education

Approximately 47 percent of those surveyed believe that there should be more education on savings, investments, and interest rates.

A significant portion of the population lacks confidence in understanding interest rates, with only 44 percent feeling knowledgeable about how they work.

Moreover, just 34 percent feel confident in their ability to maximize their returns on savings.

Digital Technology and Financial Management

With the advent of digital technology, the study encourages people to utilize banking apps and online platforms for seamless management of their savings.

Storing cash in current accounts provides easy access but may lead to increased spending.

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Leveraging digital tools allows individuals to move money effortlessly, gain insights to facilitate budgeting, and capitalize on interest rates to optimize their savings.

Conclusion

The study on savings habits in the UK highlights the importance of building financial buffers and reveals gender disparities in average savings.

While many individuals diligently save, others face challenges in contributing regularly.

By increasing financial education and embracing digital tools, individuals can make the most of their hard-earned money and secure a more stable financial future.

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