Financial Advisors' Services More Popular Than Personal Trainers'

Americans more likely to shape up portfolios than physiques

It seems Americans are more worried about their assets than their abs. Allianz released its second annual New Year's Resolution survey Tuesday, which found 44% of Americans say they are likely to use a financial advisor's services in 2011, compared with just 26% who said they would use a personal trainer.

That may seem like good news for advisors, but just one-third of respondents said they will "actually include a financial plan in their list of 2011 resolutions." It may be comforting to know few people avoid making a plan out of fear; just 6% said it was too complex, and 4% said it was too scary. The main reason respondents are not resolving to make a financial plan is that they "don't make enough money to worry about it" (34%).

When asked which resolution they were most likely to actually keep, 39% said they would do a better job managing their money, just slightly below those who said they would improve their diet and exercise habits (40%).

Jobs are the top priority for respondents this year; 50% said the government should focus on reducing unemployment in 2011, down three percentage points from last year. Thirty-five percent say the government should focus on fixing the country's finances, up from 32% in 2009.

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