Dip in Financial Confidence Post-Brexit
According to new data from Equifax, the number of consumers feeling very confident about their finances fell to 44% in June 2016, down from 46% in May 2016. The new YouGov online research, which the credit information provider is conducting throughout 2016, also reveals that consumers are saving less.
Equifax has committed to conducting the YouGov research throughout the year to monitor trends in financial confidence as well as attitudes to savings. The second Quarterly Report reveals that in April 44% of individuals felt that on a scale of 0 to 10, they were “10 – very confident” – about their financial commitments. In May, this had risen to 46%, but in June consumers felt a bit more uncertain, with just 44% saying they were very confident about being able to afford their monthly commitments. This follows the same rise and fall of Quarter one.
Throughout Quarter 2 the older generation remain the most confident about being able to afford their monthly financial commitments. Whilst consumer confidence in the 18-24 year olds dipped to its lowest in June to 26%, however they were the most credit active age group with 18 planning to take out some form of credit during the next month (i.e. July).
Men were consistently more confident about their financial commitments, with 48% of men being very confident, compared to just 40% of women, in June.
Pressure on Savings
Once again, the Equifax commissioned research reveals that consumers are struggling to save. In March nearly a third (31%) said they don’t save any money during an average month. The situation improved slightly in April with 28% saying they don’t save any money during the average month. But in May the number of individuals not being able to save rose to 31% putting it above the levels in January and February 2016. In June however, this number fell again with only 29% saying they do not save any money in an average month.
When it comes to putting a little away for a rainy day, 45-54 year-olds are consistently least likely to save any money during an average month throughout quarter 2. In June, 37% of 45-54 year olds don’t save any money compared to just 26% of 18-25 year-olds, who are least likely to save anything during an average month.
Lisa Hardstaff, Equifax credit information expert, comments, “Consumer confidence continues to fluctuate from one month to the next but, post the EU referendum there was a drop compared to six months ago. And worryingly, many consumers are still failing to make any savings, which could leave them at risk of falling into debt if an unexpected bill comes in.
“In June, 10% of people surveyed said they are planning to take out some form of credit this year, which means it’s vital that they assess their current financial commitments as well as check their credit report before making any applications. That way they can be fully aware of the factors that may impact their ability to obtain the best deals.”