What is loyalty to your bank costing you?

198888 Banks Pigs 300x168With half of Aussies devoted to just one bank, their loyalty is costing them dearly.

Concerning new figures from finder.com.au show 47% of Australians are staying with one bank for their financial needs, potentially paying the price for their loyalty.

According to a survey of 2,005 Australians, women (49%) are more likely to bank with only one lender compared to men (46%).

The research also found one in three customers (34%) have accounts with two banks, 13% of customers have accounts with three banks, and 5% bank with four or more financial institutions.

These loyal bank customers could be missing out on cost savings by having all their products with one financial institution.

Bessie Hassan, Money Expert at finder.com.au, warns customers about the consequences of bank loyalty.

“You can’t have a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

It’s unlikely that one lender will have the best products for all your banking needs.

“Staying loyal to one bank could mean you forgo savings that you’d enjoy from a product with an alternate provider.

“You could be paying too much interest or you may be paying for features you don’t use, so it’s important to ‘cherry pick’ your products to suit your needs.

“There’s strong competition among lenders and they’re often competing for your business by waiving annual fees or offering rate discounts, so make sure you actively look for better deals at least once a year,” she says.

Bank Savings House Couple Save Property Meeting Budget 300x199Ms Hassan says product fees like monthly account-keeping fees or penalties for things like overdrawn accounts can vary greatly between banks.

“Mix and match your financial products based on your specific needs, compare interest rates and prices – don’t pay the ‘lazy tax’,” she says.

Ms Hassan applauds customers who avoid ‘putting all their eggs in one basket’.

“If you don’t shop around, you won’t know if you’re getting a dud deal and that inertia is what the banks rely on,” Ms Hassan says.

Interestingly, West Australians are the most loyal with 56% of people having a relationship with just one bank, compared to 44% of Queenslanders and Victorians.

This article originally appeared on Property Update.

Michael Yardney

Michael Yardney

Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media.
Michael Yardney

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