Retirement Confidence Dips in 2017
Capital One Investing's Financial Freedom Survey Reveals Demand for Unbiased Human Advice and Digital Tools as Americans Work to Get on Track
McLean, VA — March 13, 2017 – Americans continue to lack confidence, experience and trust when it comes to retirement planning and investing, according to Capital One Investing's latest Financial Freedom Survey measuring current sentiment and behaviors related to investing and retirement, and tracking America's progress on the path to financial independence.
The annual survey found less than two thirds (62 percent) of Americans feel confident they're saving enough to retire comfortably – down from 64 percent a year ago and 72 percent in 2015 – and even fewer (49 percent) have established a long-term financial plan. Meanwhile, investors are seeking digital tools like financial aggregators and robo-advisors to help plan for the long-term, and unbiased human advice to help in times of market volatility and uncertainty.
"Today's investors need a combination of great digital tools and unbiased advice to navigate the markets and get on a path to action and confidence," said Yvette Butler, president of Capital One Investing. "We're committed to enabling smart investing habits by delivering straightforward, accessible tools and experiences that leverage the best of technology and human advice."
Following are key themes uncovered by the 2017 Financial Freedom Survey.
Limited knowledge and experience, and lack of trust and
transparency, continue to hold many Americans back.
Many Americans want
to boost their retirement nest egg, but aren't taking action.
For investors, digital tools are useful, but human advice is critical in times of uncertainty.
Having access to a
financial advisor would provide financial peace of mind to many Americans, with
millennials particularly optimistic about the power of human advice.
The "American dream"
looks different to everyone, but for many, achieving financial freedom is a
"It is fascinating to see how
investors of different ages and backgrounds perceive, prioritize and engage in
financial planning," said Butler. "These insights help us build and deliver a
broad set of solutions that are designed to meet investors on their terms,
enabling them to pursue their dreams."
This report presents the findings of a study fielded January 12-15, 2017 using ORC International's Telephone CARAVAN® Omnibus Survey. The study was conducted using two probability samples: randomly selected landline telephone numbers and randomly selected mobile (cell) telephone numbers. The combined sample consists of 1,003 adults (18 years old and older) living in the continental United States. Of the 1,003 interviews, 503 were from the landline sample and 500 from the cell phone sample. The margin of error for the sample of 1,003 is +/- 3.09% at the 95% confidence level. Smaller subgroups will have larger error margins.
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 The 2017 Financial Freedom Survey found half (54 percent) of Americans are investors, with one-fifth (21 percent) only investing through a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan or IRA. One-fifth (19 percent) invest in an employee-sponsored plan and in other investments, while 14 percent invest independent of an employee-sponsored plan.