LONDON, 10 JULY – New research from online savings bank Ford Money has uncovered a new wave of silver savers embracing online banking over bricks and mortar. It reveals that 79 per cent of over 65s now manage their savings online, equating to 9.4 million UK adults.
With Office of National Statistics data tracking an increase in over 65 internet bankingTooltip, the new findings from Ford Money suggest the age group has grown more comfortable using online banking.
For example, 61 per cent say they prefer to use it to manage their savings, more than twice the proportion who prefer a branch (27 per cent). Meanwhile, 55 per cent of over 65s say they log in to review their online accounts once a week or more.
Ford Money data also demonstrates the adoption of online banking among older savers, with over 23 per cent of its customer base over 70 years old, and its oldest saver aged 99.
“Generally, millennials are recognised as the main users of online banking services, and it’s often assumed older savers are missing out on some of the best online deals. However, the findings from this survey and our customer data demonstrate that this isn’t always the case. At Ford Money, we’re seeing significant adoption among an older group of savers looking for straightforward products and an easy-to-use service,” said Suzanne Lewsley, Ford Money’s Chief Deposits Officer.
The research by Ford Money demonstrates that over 65s are almost matching millennials when it comes to easily navigating online banking services and savings. While 86 per cent of millennials stated they find online banking easy, 71 per cent of over 65s agreed, with only 2 per cent saying they find it difficult.