Who are the most savvy ISA investors?

8 March 2013

More people are planning to use their ISA allowance this tax year, with savers aged 55 to 64 the most savvy at sheltering their savings and investments from the taxman.

Research by National Savings & Investments reveals that 18% of Brits intend to use some or all of their annual ISA allowance by the end of this tax year on 5 April. This is a slight increase from the 16% that said they would last year, and the 15% that said they would the year before.

However, fewer savers feel able to utilise their full £11,280 allowance – 24% say they will, compared to 28% in the 2011/12 tax year.

The NS&I research, which polled around 1,200 adults in February, shows a shifting demographic in ISA savers. Those in the 55-64 age group are the most likely to use some or all of their allowance, at 54%. Last year those in the 25-34 age range were the most efficient ISA savers, with 51% using some or all of their ISA shelter.

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Increased understanding

Despite the Bank of England's base rate remaining at 0.5% for a staggering four years, it seems savers have now got used to the record low rate and only 9% of them are put off by the meagre interest rates offered by cash ISAs.

This is in contrast to 30% of savers put off by low interest rates in 2009/10.

The research also suggests that the understanding of financial products among Brits is increasing. Three years ago, as many as 15% admitted to not knowing what an ISA was, however that figure had dropped to 8% last year and now stands at a mere 6%.

This feature was written for our sister website Money Observer

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