NEW YORK, November 9, 2022 – As inflation continues to pose challenges for American adults’ financial strategies, New York Life’s latest Wealth Watch survey has found that people are coping by adjusting debt management and investment strategies, although the financial guidance informing these strategy adjustments varies by generational cohort. The latest survey revealed that more than half of adults reported expecting their living expenses to be higher in the second half of 2022 than the first, and 61% of respondents agree that they are more nervous about their financial future now than ever before.
“Consumers are continuing to grapple with inflation and how to factor rising prices into their budgets and long-term financial strategies – so the question becomes how to navigate those costs while simultaneously creating opportunities for bolstering savings and investments to keep pace with inflation and reach financial goals,” said Dylan Huang, SVP and Head of Retirement and Wealth Management Solutions at New York Life.
Despite inflation creating uncertainty, most adults are on top of managing their debt but feel debt stands in the way of financial goals
Market changes and inflation are also impacting Americans’ investment strategies
“Given the current macroeconomic environment, with high inflation and recessionary headwinds looming, people are wondering how they can leverage their investments to stay on track with their financial goals. It’s easy to react to market conditions, but these changes may not ultimately be aligned with a long-term financial strategy,” said Huang.
“For early retirees, these markets can be challenging to navigate as higher interest rates have had negative impacts on traditionally safe assets, like bonds,” continued Huang. “But the silver lining is that higher rates have enabled insured asset classes like annuities to offer higher guarantees, and a blend of insured and traditional asset classes can help people weather a wider array of economic environments.”
The financial guidance helping inform these decisions varies by generation
“While younger generations are increasingly turning to digital tools or social media when seeking financial guidance, guidance from a trusted financial professional is still playing an important role, particularly for those who are invested in the market,” said Huang. “A challenging macroeconomic environment impacts everyone differently depending on their unique financial situation, but human guidance from a financial professional is critical to weathering any market climate and staying on track with long-term financial goals.”
ABOUT WEALTH WATCH
Wealth Watch is a recurring survey from New York Life that will track Americans’ financial goals, progress toward those goals and feelings about their ability to secure their financial futures, identifying key themes and trends that are emerging about topics like retirement planning, the role of protection-oriented solutions and the importance of financial guidance.
This poll was conducted between October 13 and October 15, 2022 among a national sample of 4,400 adults. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of adults based on gender, educational attainment, age, race and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
ABOUT NEW YORK LIFE
New York Life Insurance Company (www.newyorklife.com), a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States1 and one of the largest life insurers in the world. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life has the highest financial strength ratings currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies2.
1 Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, 5/23/2022. For methodology, please see https://fortune.com/fortune500/.
2 Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 10/18/2022: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).
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