With the COVID-19 pandemic, high inflation and other issues continuing to put a strain on many Americans’ wallets, it’s more important now than ever for people to improve their financial health. Unfortunately, 62% of people feel that they currently don’t get holistic financial advice, according to a recent WalletHub survey. As a result, many Americans are unprepared for financial emergencies, and are not on track for retirement.
To put a finger on the pulse of America’s financial health, WalletHub conducted a nationally representative survey that examined Americans’ thoughts on the financial advice they currently receive and would like to receive, as well as their current financial situation.
- Young people want more in-depth financial advice. Young people are nearly 3 times more likely than those over 59 to say a complete look at their financial health would be very helpful.
- A credit score is one piece of the puzzle. 55% of people think a credit score alone is not sufficient for managing their finances.
- There is demand for a free WalletScore. 52% of people would like to get their WalletScore for free.
- Emergency preparedness is lacking. 30% of people say they are not prepared for a financial emergency.
- Retirement plans are in trouble. More than half (53%) of people say they are not on track for retirement.
- A complete financial picture is much needed. 40% of people think a complete look at their financial health would be very helpful.
This report reflects the results of a nationally representative online survey of over 350 respondents.
After we collected all responses, we normalized the data by age, gender, and income so the sample would reflect U.S. demographics.
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|How helpful would a complete assessment of your financial health be?|
|Not helpful at all||13%|
|Is your credit score alone sufficient for managing your overall finances?|
|Do you feel that you currently get holistic financial advice?|
|What component of your financial health do you most need advice on?|
|Would you like to get your WalletScore for free?|
|Which do you think is better: a credit score or a WalletScore?|
|Do you trust credit scores?|
|Are you prepared for a financial emergency?|
|Are you on track for retirement?|