One in four consumers not confident about their finances

28th September 2020

Following the stresses and strains of the Covid-19 pandemic, 26% of UK consumers say they are not confident about their financial situation, according to a Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) survey.

This most recent survey builds on past surveys the CISI has undertaken. In 2017, 30% of respondents said that they would not know how to seek financial advice if they wanted it. Now, with 33% of 35-54-year-olds not feeling confident about controlling their own finances, it is more important than ever that the financial planning community come together to help allay anxieties.

Consumers were also asked whether they were confident that they had the knowledge to make the right financial choices in their lives. Of those who responded overall 15% disagreed. In Northern Ireland, 23% disagreed with this statement compared to 11% in the East Midlands. Of 25-34-year-olds, 20% said they were not confident.

In addition, respondents were asked whether they were confident that they knew enough about money management to support their family long-term.

Overall, 16% disagreed with this statement, with 22% of 25-34-year-olds and 21% in Northern Ireland disagreeing.

Jacqueline Lockie, CF Chartered FCSI, CISI Head of Financial Planning said “It’s clear that many families across the nation will have had their lives turned upside down by the impact of this pandemic, perhaps through ill health, bereavement, furlough or business losses. The findings of this survey show the real impact on people’s confidence in managing their future finances. Financial planners, this year more than any other, can offer a steadying hand to anyone worried about money and Financial Planning Week is an opportunity for the public to engage with financial planners for an hour’s free financial help during these confidential guidance sessions.”

The survey of 1,965 UK adults over the age of 25, undertaken by YouGov for CISI, also showed 33% of 35-54 year olds and 27% of women were not confident about their finances post Covid-19. The picture across UK regions reflected a similar trend:

I am confident about my financial situation following the impact of Covid-19 Disagree Agree Don’t know
Northern Ireland 36% 59% 5%
North East 30% 59% 12%
London 28% 64% 9%
East 28% 64% 8%
East Midlands 27% 66% 7%
Yorkshire and The Humber 26% 66% 7%
South West 26% 67% 8%
Wales 25% 67% 8%
South East 24% 71% 5%
North West 23% 71% 6%
West Midlands 23% 71% 6%
Scotland 23% 71% 6%