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Consumers 'Have Financial Concerns'

Mar 13, 2008
A significant number of Britons are worried about the country's economic prospects, new research shows.

In the Cracking the Credit Crunch: Recession Veterans vs Recession Virgins study by Fool, it was revealed that 17 per cent of people believe Britain is already in a state of recession. Recession veterans were indicated as being those who have experienced economic difficulties during the past 40 years, with recession virgins yet to face the impact of a slump in the monetary markets. Findings from the personal finance publication also indicated that one in five respondents admit being filled with fear at the smallest hint of an economic downturn.

The drop was attributed to the continuing impact of the credit crunch, which was seen the availability of cheap loans and other types of borrowing diminish. Consequently, just under three-quarters (74 per cent) of Britons claim that they are to change their spending habits to help protect them against a financial slump.

Following an economic downturn it may be possible that significant numbers of consumers develop problems in meeting demands on their finances. Such areas could include home loans, store cards and mortgage repayments.

An estimated 41 per cent of recession veterans claim that recent difficulties in the financial markets have already had a negative effect on their own money management. One in three of people yet to experience a slump are reported to be "clueless" about the predicted difficulties that they may face. In addition, a third of recession virgins believe they are in a fiscal situation where they are forced to go into the red. Furthermore, 33 per cent of Britons state that they are unable to afford saving money.

Commenting on the research, David Kuo, head of personal finance for Fool, said: "The term credit crunch has become a part of our everyday vocabulary over the past eight months but it's instructive to see how people feel about a looming recession. In an economic downturn there will be opportunities and threats and we can take steps to maximise the first and minimise the second. And simple measures such as reining in spending will ensure that we have a pot of spare money tucked away to see us through a slump."

Mr Kuo reported that those who have cash to spare may be able to manage various financial commitments such as making mortgage repayments or investing money into a savings account. "It won't make the credit crunch go away but it will make life more bearable until it does," he added.

Research from Fool also indicated that 31 per cent of people think that a recession will last for at least two years. Some five per cent of respondents meanwhile claim it will carry on for an indefinite period of time.

For those consumers who are concerned about their ability to manage money as 2008 progresses taking out a low-cost loan now could be advisable. By applying for a UK loan it is possible that borrowers can meet numerous demands on their spending at once, leaving them with a single low-cost repayment to make. This may be particularly helpful to those experiencing difficulties in paying their mortgage. A recent study by the Council of Mortgage Lenders revealed that 27,100 homes were repossessed during the course of 2007.
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