The risk a triple-dip recession could hit people's finances is a big worry to about a quarter of consumers, research from the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) has revealed.
More than a quarter (26%) of Britons said they feared a prolonged period of negative growth would impact their finances.
Of these respondents, over-55s were most concerned (35%), while 30% of 45 to 54-year-olds cited it as their main worry.
A fifth (21%) of over-55s also expressed their apprehension about rising inflation and the danger of it denting the value of savings.
More than a third (36%) of 18 to 24-year-olds polled, meanwhile, have cited rising unemployment as their biggest fear regarding the state of the economy.
The research on 1,008 adults added that women overall (17%) are more concerned about joblessness than men (11%).
IFP chief executive Nick Cann said: "Clearly the weak state of the economy continues to give people concerns about their financial situation.
"This is just the reason why planning is so important, as inactivity or ignoring the situation in the hope that things will turn out ok is just not a solution.
"All of us can make changes, having initially taken the time to work out our budget, by taking steps to improve a shortfall or save or invest a surplus.
"Even though getting professional financial advice will help provide context and direction around a person's finances, there are also lots of simple steps that an individual can do themselves, to take more control over their money and getting better peace of mind as a result."
The survey was conducted by YouGov as part Financial Planning Week, which runs from 26 November to 2 December 2012.
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