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Data for today’s episode is provided by Mercator Advisory Group’s viewpoint – Consumers and Personal Finance: Primary Financial Institutions Can Help
What % of US consumers have a wealth management account?
- 32% of consumers report having a wealth management rep. or account
- 20% of consumers have a wealth management account with their primary bank
- Only 28% of consumers have discussed their financial goals with their primary bank
- Interestingly, 40% of 18-34 year olds have discussed their goals with their bank
- A typical consumer has $66,900 (median) in investable assets
- Those who earn over $100K have six times more than the median investable assets
- 78% of consumers keep a monthly budget
22% to build towards goals
41% to control spending
16% to avoid or pay back debt
About the report
Mercator Advisory Group’s most recent Insight Summary Report, Consumers and Personal Finance: Primary FIs Have an Opportunity to Help, from the bi-annual CustomerMonitor Survey Series, reveals that over 80% of U.S. consumers 18–34 years old would be open to budgeting, saving, and credit monitoring help from their primary financial institution. More specifically, 89% would be interested in talking to their primary FI about setting a household budget to meet their goals, 88% would be interesting in budget monitoring services, 87% would be interested in automatic savings plans to help meet their budgeting needs, and 84% would be open to a conversation about credit monitoring services.
The report is based on a sample of 3,001 U.S. adults surveyed in the annual online Banking and Channels survey of Mercator’s CustomerMonitor Survey Series, conducted in November 2018.
“Oftentimes primary financial institutions lose out on the opportunity to help their customers build wealth as those customers look to other financial services to address their personal finance needs. Focusing on the younger customer as they start to build wealth is a great opportunity to attract them before they begin to look elsewhere,” stated the author of the report, Peter Reville, director of Primary Data Services at Mercator Advisory Group, which includes the CustomerMonitor Survey Series.
Companies mentioned in this report include: AceMoney, BankTree, iCash, Intuit Quicken, Microsoft Money, Mint, Moneydance, MoneyLine, Personal Capital, and YouNeedaBudget.