More than half of Gen X and Gen Y consumers no little about investments and financial products, according to a new study.
LIMRA, Windsor, Conn., discloses this finding in a summary of results from a May 2012 survey that polled 5,296 Americans aged 20 to 84. Of the total, 884 respondents were Gen X (born 1965-1980) and 720 were Gen Y (born 1980-2000). Additional results were based on LIMRA analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey March 2012 Supplement and the Federal Reserve Board’s 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances.
The study concludes that 60 percent of Gen consumers are not knowledgeable about investments and financial products. Four in ten (39 percent) of them say they are not “very knowledgeable.” And one in five indicate they are “not at all knowledgeable.”
Among Generation Y respondents, just over half say they are not knowledgeable about investments and financial products. One-third of the group indicate they are “not very knowledgeable” and one-fifth say they are “not at all knowledgeable.”
The study also finds that Gen X and Gen Y consumers who work with financial professionals to make investment decisions are more likely than those who do not work with financial professionals to be very knowledgeable about investments and financial products (14 percent versus 6 percent). Yet, only one in five work with a financial professional.
“The increased knowledge levels could be related to education efforts on the part of financial professionals, or the fact that more knowledgeable Gen X and Gen Y consumers work with financial professionals,” says Cecilia Shiner, senior analyst, LIMRA Retirement Research.