General Article Britain's financial literacy

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Recent YouGov research into the financial literacy of the nation reveals that young adults are least likely to understand financial literature, with just 8% of UK 18- to 24-year-olds admitting to having a ‘high understanding’, compared to at least 20% of older age groups.
Generally, half of all UK adults (50%) modestly rate themselves as having some understanding of financial products and services.

  • 15% say they have a ‘very good’ understanding.
  • A minority of just 5% admitted to having ‘no understanding’.

Breakdowns: social class, gender and age

Social class, gender and age also play a key part in consumer understanding of financial products.

  • Almost three quarters (73%) of socio-economic group ABC1s say they have some or a very good understanding of financial products and services, compared to just 54% for C2DEs.
  • 72% of men claim a very good understanding compared to 58% of women.
  • 45% of 18- 34-year-olds say they have some or a good understanding of financial products and...

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