Last updated: 15:22 / Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Northwestern Mutual

62% of U.S. Adults Do Not Get Any Financial Advice

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62% of U.S. Adults Do Not Get Any Financial Advice
  • Among those who are getting advide, 43% say their advisors don’t feel like long-term partners with a deep knowledge of their complete financial picture
  • 68% say that they do not have a trusted advisor who offers comprehensive lifetime financial planning
  • A third works with multiple different advisors to address different parts of their financial lives

The findings of the 2016 Planning and Progress Study, recently published byNorthwestern Mutual, show that the majority (62%) of U.S. adults are not getting any professional financial advice; and among those who are, many (43%) say their advisors don’t feel like long-term partners with a deep knowledge of their complete financial picture.

The study also found that nearly seven in ten Americans (68%) say that they do not have a trusted advisor who offers comprehensive lifetime financial planning; 45%of Americans do not know where to get the help they need as they move through life stages and need different financial solutions. Among those with a financial plan, 82% believe that their financial plan should be reviewed at least once every six months..

Among those who are getting professional advice only 56% say their current/primary advisor gives them an understanding of their complete financial picture; Only 43% say their current/primary advisor has a long-term commitment;Only 41% say their current/primary advisor provides tailored attention; And a third (32%) works with multiple different advisors to address different parts of their financial lives (e.g., retirement planning, investments, insurance).

The study seeks to provide unique insights into U.S. adults’ attitudes and behaviors towards money, financial decision making, and the broader landscape issues impacting people’s long-term financial security. It was based on an online study of 2,646 U.S. adults conducted from February 1-10, 2016. Data were weighted to be representative of the U.S. population (age 18+) based on Census targets for education, age/gender, race/ethnicity, region and household income.

 

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