According to the Prudential retired people have substantial assets and savings although they are not maximising them to aid their standard of living.
On average retired couples have almost GBP270,000 in assets and savings whilst single pensioners have half this amount. However, even though they have these large funds at their disposal, less than 20 percent of them have sought professional financial advice. A Prudential representative was amazed at these findings, feeling that pensioners were missing out on perhaps thousand of pounds extra by better using their money.
Even ignoring the value that people have in their homes a retired couple still has around GBP135,000 in accessible funds. This money should be made to work harder said the man from the Prudential and deliver a better standard of living.