NEW YORK, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The EY Financial Wellness Assessment, an element of Ernst & Young LLP's Employee Financial Wellness services, can help working US adults better understand how financially healthy they are based on their confidence and self-described behavior.
The following data reflects assessments of more than 3,000 respondents ranging in age from 18 – 65+, taken between February and April 2016. Respondents are employees of primarily large corporations and large non-profit organizations covering a wide variety of industries.
- When asked to think about assets, debts, savings and how satisfied respondents were with their personal financial situation overall, 44% were satisfied, while 28% were dissatisfied. More than half (51%) of those aged 50-64 stated they were satisfied with their financial situation, the most satisfied of all the age ranges.
- Almost 73% agreed their debt was manageable, with 10% stating they had no debt at all. Even 64% of those just beginning their careers or just out of college (18-25 year olds) said their current debt was manageable.
- When asked how many times over the past 12 months they had paid a bill past its due date, 20% said they submitted late payments once or twice. In a spike from the average, 31% of 36-49 year olds paid a bill late 1-4 times over the last year.
- Of the employees who consistently use credit cards, 62% said they pay the balance in full each month; roughly a quarter (27%) pay more than the minimum due; the remaining 6% of working credit card users only pay the minimum.
- Fifty six percent (up from 44% during the last assessment period from November 2015 to January 2016) believed they could maintain their minimum standard of living in the event of a 6-month absence from the workforce due to medical issues. Eighty seven percent were confident they would be able to come up with $2,000 if an unexpected need arose within the next month and of those who are 65+ almost 100% stated they could.
- When asked about the last time they tried to determine how much they would need for retirement, 39% reported estimating their needs within the last 12 months, but 37% said they had never tried. Nearly 40% of 18–25 year olds have begun to think about retirement planning.
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