The Report provides results of a survey of young adults’ (age 24-35) attitudes and perceptions regarding their role in global issues, their financial health and their own financial future.
A new study by the AgingWell Hub at Georgetown University and the TIAA Institute finds many young people struggling financially: many live paycheck-to-paycheck, feel finances control their lives, and doubt they will do as well economically as their parents. This report examines attitudes and perceptions of young adults regarding global issues and their own financial future and highlights substantial differences across demographic lines. The report also provides recommendations to young adults, their employers, financial advisors, and society to help young adults secure their financial future.
- Despite being financially stressed, many young adults believe they are securing their financial future.
- Young adults who are amassing at least some savings feel less financially burdened than those who aren’t saving at all.
- Young adults list saving for retirement as one of the top three financial goals and prioritize saving over paying down debt.
- Over half of young adults expect to retire at some point and rely on personal or retirement plan savings as a source of income in retirement. However, over 2 in 3 young adults believe their retirement plan provides for a guaranteed minimum income.
- Black/African American young adults are substantially more optimistic than whites about their financial future despite being more likely to say they’re living paycheck-to-paycheck and finances control their lives Black American young adults are also more likely than whites to say they save on a regular basis.