Barriers to saving and investing
Despite a clear desire to build a healthy nest egg, 18-35 year olds say that paying essential bills (61%), lack of earnings (41%) and debt (39%) are preventing them from saving money regularly. Buying non-essential items, such as take away food or drinks, prevents far fewer (17%) from saving money than some might expect. The same issues prevent them from investing. But some (32%) admit that the risk of losing money is a barrier to investing; and others (30%) feel a lack of knowledge or understanding about the options available is stopping them.
The survey found that many millennials have a strong desire to improve their financial knowledge. Younger adults would like education about saving (21%), managing debt (12%) banking (12%) and buying or selling property (9%). However, millennials are most likely to say that they want more help or education with investing (25%).
F&C Investment Trust wants to help young adults understand the benefits of investing so they can make their money work harder and achieve their life goals. Commenting on the findings, Ross Duncton, Managing Director, Head of Marketing & Direct, at BMO Global Asset Management, who manage F&C Investment Trust, said:
“UK millennials simply aspire to achieve what previous generations have enjoyed; and they do it with a fortitude that helps them survive in a post-credit-crunch world. While some have debt, it’s clear that the majority are far from a reckless generation. In reality, most are sensible spenders who want to take more control over their money, despite a lack of formal financial education and income. Our research reiterates how small a leap many millennials need to take to help brighten their financial futures; many only need to shift their money mind set slightly to get their money working harder, and in turn help them achieve their ambitions.
We’ve been committed to helping everyday savers achieve their long-term goals for the last 150 years and look forward to the next 150 as we continue to help younger generations build bright futures. As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations we will be working with young people across the UK to illustrate why taking those first steps into investing, without taking excessive risk, can help them achieve their life goals.”