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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 percentage of consumer’s bank with a Credit Union?
- 41% of consumers have an account with a credit union
- But only 18% of consumers consider their credit union their primary financial institution
- Across all financial institutions, consumers average 5.3 accounts between brokerage firms, mortgage, auto, etc
- Virtually all US consumers have a checking account (94%), about 75% have a savings account
- 80% of consumers have a credit card, about 38% investment account, about 35% a mortgage
- This mix of accounts has been very stable over the last 5 years
- Essentially though, as consumers become more wealthy – they add more and more financial accounts
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.