Baby boomer generation performing well in many areas of financial management
Washington, DC - Moms may receive a book on personal finance as their Mother’s Day
gift this year, as the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) recent online poll
revealed that if financial advice were needed, more people would reach out to dad than
mom for help.
Moreover, the majority of poll respondents, sixty-four percent, felt as though they could
obtain better advice than what either mom or dad can offer. Considering the abundance of
financial guidance available, consumers indeed have many options, but leaving parents
out of the equation might mean missing an opportunity for solid, tried and true financial
“Taken together, only slightly more than one-third of respondents would turn to either
parent,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC. “Younger generations may
want to reconsider where they seek financial advice, as the data associated with baby
boomers from the NFCC’s 2014 Financial Literacy Survey indicates that the 55-64 age
range has their financial act together in many areas associated with successful money
Consider the following:
• Sixty-four percent give themselves a grade of A or B on their knowledge of personal
• Eighty-two percent pay all of their bills on time and have no debts in collections.
The only age group with a better record (91%) are those age 65 and above.
• More than half (52%) carry no credit card debt over from month-to-month.
• Only three percent are worried about not being able to pay their credit card debt,
and a meager one percent has made a payment that was less than the required
minimum in the past 12 months.
• Seventy-two percent report having savings beyond that earmarked for retirement.
• People in the two oldest age groups, 55-64 and those over 65, contribute at least 20
percent annually toward their retirement savings.
Cunningham also noted that many in the baby boomer generation apparently feel confident
about the lifetime of financial decisions they’ve made. When asked if their money could
talk, 45 percent indicated it would say “we’ve been a successful team.”
If consumers elect to seek advice from a business or organization, it is important to choose
wisely when selecting who to turn to for help. In advance of making a decision, the NFCC
recommends checking with the Better Business Bureau and the state Attorney General’s
office. Also, ask friends or the Human Resource department at work for recommendations.
If you seek advice and answers beyond what your parents may offer, consider reaching out
to a nonprofit NFCC member agency. To be automatically connected to the office closest
to you, dial (800) 388-2227, or for assistance in Spanish call (800) 682-9832. Inquire
about the NFCC’s Sharpen Your Financial Focus™ program which has helped tens of
thousands of people find solutions to their financial concerns. To learn more about what
the program has to offer, visit www.SharpenToday.org or www.agudicehoy.org.
The NFCC April poll question and results are as follows:
If I needed personal financial advice, I would ask
A. Mom, as she’s more financially savvy than Dad =16%
B. Dad, as he’s more financially savvy than Mom = 20%
C. Neither, as I could get better advice elsewhere = 64%
Note: The NFCC’s April Financial Literacy Opinion Index was conducted via the homepage
of the NFCC website (www.DebtAdvice.org) from April 1–30, 2014, and was answered by
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest
and longest serving national nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to
promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its
members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC
Members annually help millions of consumers through more than 600 community-based offices
nationwide. For free and affordable confidential advice through a reputable NFCC Member, call
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