According to the Modern Wealth Index, developed in partnership with Koski Research and the Schwab Center for Financial Research, nearly half of Americans (49%) believe saving and investing is the way to achieve wealth over time.
The survey, conducted among 1,000 Americans aged 21 to 75, shows respondents believe it takes $1.4 million to be considered financially comfortable. To be considered truly “wealthy,” that number increases to $2.4 million.
In the short-term, respondents say that other things make them feel wealthy in their day-to-day live, such as:
- Spending time with family (62 percent)
- Having time to myself (55 percent)
- Owning a home (49 percent)
- Eating out or having meals delivered (41 percent)
- Subscription services like movie/TV and music streaming (33 percent)
Other things that make people feel wealthy in their daily lives include owning the latest tech gadgets (27 percent), having a gym membership or personal trainer (17 percent), and using a home cleaning service (12 percent).
According to the Modern Wealth Index, millennials are in many cases more focused on saving, investing and financial planning than older generations, and are almost as likely as Boomers to work with a financial advisor (22% and 25%, respectively) while Gen X lags (16%)
“The idea that financial planning and wealth management are just for millionaires is one of the biggest misconceptions among Americans, and one of the most damaging,” said Joe Vietri, senior vice president and head of Schwab’s retail branch network.
“Whether people think they don’t have enough money, believe it would be too expensive, or just find the whole concept too complicated, the longer they wait the harder it is to achieve long-term success. We must make planning and advice more accessible to more people. Simply put, we believe every American deserves a financial plan, regardless of how much money they have today,” Vietri concludes.