Boomers and Millennials — Half 2: The ten,000-ft view


In Half 1 of this collection on Boomers and Millennials, we interviewed a handful of individuals and realized how their life experiences affected their banking behaviors. It is a highly effective approach to join with actual folks and empathize with their conditions. It may possibly additionally result in insights into how your establishment can higher serve your group (which means that you must get to know your account holders to be taught extra about them).

In Half 2 we’ll zoom out and take a look at the large image. What are a number of the nationwide developments for these generational cohorts? How will these developments have an effect on their monetary wants and decisions within the subsequent 5 to 10 years?


Check out the numbers

As a cohort, Millennials stand out for a lot of causes:

  • They make up 51% of mortgage purchases (Gen Z are solely 2%). Adopted by Boomers (32%).

  • They’ve the best exercise for point-of-sale transactions in comparison with every other era.

  • In addition they don’t have quite a lot of bank card debt however do have quite a lot of scholar loans.


change in percentage of debt holders


Boomers have some similarities with their Millennial youngsters, and a few huge variations:


  • They’re the second highest mortgage holders (after Millennials).

  • They’ve the second lowest exercise for point-of-sale transactions (solely the Silent era is decrease).

  • Their family web price could by no means totally get better to pre-crisis ranges.

median household networth

percentage with credit card balances


How are you going to use this info to behave now?

It’s vital to mix the macro and micro views collectively. Be certain to learn Half 1 of this collection for the micro view. Nationwide and regional developments may help you keep away from main missteps and capitalize on main alternatives. Alternatively, speaking with particular person account holders may help you uncover wants and alternatives that nationwide financial information could obscure — that’s additionally the key to constructing deep loyalty in your group. You wish to be seen as a companion that listens and responds to suggestions, in addition to a strategic participant that navigates financial turbulence with ease.

Take a look at your customers’ conduct. Conduct your individual analysis by analyzing the transaction information out of your account holders to find behaviors which will assist your decision-making course of. The place are they already paying debt to different lenders or establishments and might you provide them a greater fee? What sorts of cost providers do they use (e.g. Paypay, Money, Venmo, Zelle, and so on.)? Are they utilizing out-of-network ATMs? Are they over-paying for providers like insurance coverage or identification safety?


The chances are infinite if you study your individual information.

Hear what they are saying. However watch what they DO. Don’t be shocked in the event you discover information that flies within the face of what your interview topics mentioned. It’s not unusual for folks to reply questions in an aspirational method (e.g. how a lot cash do you wish to save? How usually do you purchase Starbucks?) and their conduct doesn’t match up. Finally you wish to use empathy as a lens for inspecting these disconnects between the information and the interview findings. It’s no secret that folks aren’t as financially secure as they wish to be. If yow will discover methods to fulfill them the place they’re to assist them get to the place they wish to be, you’ll win their loyalty.


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