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Savers urged to review their accounts

Savers urged to review their accounts

Category: Savings

Updated: 20/09/2011
First Published: 03/08/2011

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Savers could be losing out on valuable interest from their savings accounts, simply by not knowing how much they pay.

Almost half of savers (47.7%) hold only a single savings account, while less than half of people know how much they have stowed away.

Indeed, research from first direct shows that less than half of us know how much our hard earned money is raising from interest, meaning most of us could probably be banking more just by switching our accounts.

Additionally, 37% rarely or never check their balance, all highlighting a serious lack of knowledge when it comes to our savings accounts.

"In the current environment it's worrying to see what little attention people are paying to their savings," said Bruno Genovese, head of savings at first direct.

"It's important for people to review their savings regularly. Only then can they ensure they have the best account for their needs and have made the most of their tax free allowance."

The figures are something of a surprise, given how tough conditions have been for savers in recent years.

The combination of relatively high inflation and low interest rates has meant that savers have had to work harder than ever to achieve a meaningful return on their money. has provided a selection of accounts which pay some of the best rates in their respective fields below.

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