David Lerner Associates: Ending Financial Stress with Planning
Bank of America / Merrill Lynch’s 2016 Workplace Benefits Report was an interesting study in the financial confidence of today’s workers.
75% of employees polled indicated they are not financially secure, and 60% say they are somewhat or very stressed by their financial situation, according to the report.
69% say they have experienced an increase in health care costs in the past two years, and 52% report that they want employers to provide access to a one-on-one relationship with a financial professional.
So despite overall economic growth, it would seem that many individuals and families continue to struggle juggling paychecks, bills, and making long-term financial decisions. The decreasing confidence amid ongoing market volatility along with pundits who can’t predict what will happen from one day to the next and persistent concern about the financial future is certainly indicative of our times.
Planning makes the difference
Perhaps the biggest difference between the groups labeled Very Secure and Not At All Secure comes down to one word: planning. Very Secure employees appear far more likely than Not At All Secure employees to envision the future and take steps to prepare for it financially.
Not surprisingly perhaps, the survey found people said they were more secure when they had a firm idea of what they would need in retirement, or if approaching retirement, had developed a plan to draw income from their savings. They also thought of health savings accounts (HSAs) as long-term medical savings vehicles.
And while the struggle of day-to-day worries may seem to impede the mental bandwidth to deal with long-term planning, it actually works reverse-wise. The act of planning for the future reduces the stress of daily financial concerns.
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