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The findings were generated from data captured by
Since debuting in 2009, tens of thousands of visitors have gone to the site to complete a wide range of financial comparisons.
“We have long believed that financial advice from a trusted professional, whether obtained by phone or in person, can be a valuable resource for an investor,” said
The study analyzed data on more than 14,000 users who entered their profile information into INGCompareMe.com and answered a specific question about how much time they spent with a financial professional to discuss investments and their financial future (possible response choices ranged from no time to a lot of time).(2) Nearly one-third (31%) indicated they spent at least some time with a financial professional. Key findings included the following:
Increased Retirement Savings: According to the data, those who spent some time with an advisor reported saving, on average, more than twice as much for retirement as those who spent no time at all. The number jumped even higher – over three times as much – for those who spent a lot of time getting such help.
Greater Investment Knowledge: Of those who spent some time with a financial professional, nearly four-in-ten (39%) believed they knew more about investments than their peers. Of those who spent a lot of time, almost six-in-ten (58%) believed they knew more.
Investment Style: Spending time with a financial professional impacted how an individual invested with respect to their asset allocation. According to the data, a majority (60%) of those who spent some time or a lot of time with an advisor considered themselves to be moderate investors. The number who characterized themselves as moderate dropped to less than half (48%) when they spent very little or no time, and thus tended to be more conservative.
More Positive Outlook: Confidence about future financial success was also affected. More than six-in-ten (62%) of those who spent a lot of time with a financial professional said they were highly confident about enjoying their retirement. For those who spent no time, only about one-third (34%) reported the same level of confidence.
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1. ”Financial professional” and “advisor” are intended to mean the same thing and are used interchangeably.
2. Data was collected from www.INGCompareMe.com as of
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