When asked about their biggest financial fear, being able to retire comfortably was the most common worry cited by 28 percent of Americans.
- The more money households make, the more they're worried about being able to support their lifestyles through retirement.
- Households earning
$100,000to $175,000and more than $175,000were more likely to say retiring comfortably is their biggest financial fear, 43 percent and 34 percent, respectively.
Healthcare expenses (18 percent) and being able to afford rent or mortgage payments (11 percent) are also weighing on a number of Americans nationwide.
- Healthcare expenses are especially concerning for Americans ages 50-64 (24 percent) and over 65 (42 percent).
- Americans under the age 29 are primarily worried about affording their rent or mortgage, with 18 percent citing it as a top concern.
These aren't the only financial fears that are top of mind. The rapid growth of online banking is creating a new concern for many Americans. Nearly seven in ten (67 percent) are worried about their financial information ending up in the wrong hands as banking and payments become increasingly digital.
"Our biggest fears usually come from simply not knowing," says
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Pressure From Family and Friends
For many, their cause for financial anxiety might have something to do with "keeping up with the Joneses."
- About a third of Americans (32 percent) feel the financial success of their family and friends creates pressure for them to be equally financially successful.
- Those with children and individuals who are single or not married are more likely to feel pressure, 43 percent and 35 percent, respectively.
This extra pressure from family and friends might be causing Americans to stay tight-lipped about their finances. If asked to choose between revealing their credit score or who they voted for in an election, only 15 percent of Americans are comfortable divulging their credit score. Over half (56 percent) would rather share who they voted for.
Americans with a financial planner, however, are feeling more confident about their finances and less stress from family and friends.
- Seventy percent of those with a financial planner rate their financial security as excellent or good.
- Less than a quarter (23 percent) feel pressure to be as financially successful as their friends and family.
"A budget is the foundation of any financial plan," says Buhrmann. "If establishing a short- and a long-term financial plan feels intimidating, consider working with a financial planner. They can help take off the pressure, especially when it comes to creating a plan to reach long-term goals like retirement."
The COUNTRY Financial Security Index®
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