Other common reasons the over-50s buy and sell shares are to give them a regular source of income (21%) and because they think they will get a higher return by investing in shares than if they leave their money in a savings account (62%).
However, it’s not all about the money as some over-50s consider keeping a close eye on the FTSE 100 a hobby (7%). And some people say they have bought shares because they like numbers and because trading shares helps keep them mentally active.
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Inheriting and receiving shares
Saga estimates that around 11 million over-50s own shares but not everyone has bought them. One in 13 people have inherited them from a family member and kept them and the same number of people said they acquired the shares they own through a generous employer.
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Do your research
It appears the older you get the more likely you are to own shares as almost three fifths of people aged 80 to 89 said they have bought shares over their lifetime.
Jeff Bromage, Chief Operating Officer at Saga Personal Finance, commented: “These days’ lots of people are worried about making their money last in retirement and now that people are able to take their pension as a lump sum I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more people start trading to help boost their income.
“However, people should remember that there are risks involved with share dealing so they should always do their research before they start investing their money.”
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