Half of Consumers Lack a Financial Adviser: Fiserv
Credit unions and other financial institutions have a huge opportunity to add members if they offer products and services that help people take better control of their finances, according to a new Fiserv/Harris Poll survey of 3,050 U.S. adults.
The survey, conducted over a two-week period last fall, found that 45% of consumers agree time spent thinking about managing their money is a chore and 60% view financial management as a “have to do” rather than a “want to do.” One-quarter said they feel lost when trying to manage household expenses, and 48% admitted they don't have anyone to rely on for advice on managing their finances.
That gives financial institutions a big opening, according to Fiserv.
“Fifty-three percent of consumers view financial institutions as partners in managing their finances, indicating that banks and credit unions have an opportunity to fill this gap,” it said.
Many consumers like their financial institutions, the survey found. On a scale of zero to 10, 76% gave their primary bank or credit union at least an eight, and more than one-quarter rated their primary financial institution a perfect 10. According to the survey, 52% have had an account with their primary financial institution for a decade or more.
Consumers are less thrilled about their own financial management skills, however. On average, the respondents gave themselves a B for their short-term money skills such as paying bills or sticking to a budget. They only gave themselves a C+ when it comes to long-term skills such as saving for college or retirement.
But given that consumers have relationships with an average of 3.7 financial organizations, according to the survey, there's plenty of competition for their attention.
“Very rarely do households use a one stop shop approach to financial management, wherein they rely on only one institution to satisfy all their financial needs,” Fiserv said. “Working with multiple institutions generally reflects a focused strategy intended to maximize rewards, rates and results.”