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SOURCE Edward Jones
Lack of Retirement Savings Savvy and Inadequate Tracking of Finances Top the List
ST. LOUIS, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent survey by financial services firm Edward Jones, 79 percent of Americans have committed a mistake with regard to their finances. Not saving enough for retirement topped the list of money mistakes (26 percent) followed by inadequate tracking of spending (20 percent) and taking on too much debt (13 percent).
The survey of 1,008 Americans was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation and asked respondents to identify their biggest money mistake.
"When it comes to long-term savings goals like retirement or education expenses, we cannot stress enough that taking an early and managed approach is the best way to tackle the process," said Scott Thoma, Investment Strategist for Edward Jones. "Getting started with an investing program can be a daunting step for many people. For the one-fifth of Americans who admit to not paying enough attention to their expenses, a very simple step could be to skip that $3 coffee in the morning or think twice about that second night of takeout and instead allocate that money to a long-term savings platform. Every little bit really does count when you're talking about investing for future financial goals."
With a constant focus on how to meet retirement goals, it's no surprise that more than one-quarter (26 percent) of respondents report not saving enough as their top money mistake.
Overwhelmingly, respondents in the 18 to 35-year-old bracket identified that they do not pay enough attention to their spending and overall finances (35 percent).
Just 8 percent of respondents indicated that making "bad investments" was their biggest money mistake.
"We find that clients who have made the commitment to an investment program quickly gain confidence in their ability to meet their future financial goals," continued Thoma. "While every investor will experience some bumps in the road, we remind them that keeping a long-term view is essential – a sentiment that seems to be reflected in this data."
Survey was based on 1,008 telephone and cell phone interviews of U.S. adults conducted from February 21-24, 2013. The margin of error was +/-3%.
About Edward Jones
Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000 financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals – from college savings to retirement – and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 11 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2011," is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones Web site is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting Web site is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.
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