Reasons for optimism may surprise you
Preliminary results of our 5th annual CPA/Wealth Advisor Confidence Survey™ show the vast majority of U.S. financial advisory firms (92%) expect to grow in 2021. In fact, nearly two in five (39%) are expecting to grow by double digits or more this year—comparable to pre-COVID levels.
While more than half of advisors (52%) expect to see at least one sharp market correction in 2021, less than one in five (19%) expect to see a continued recession this year (i.e. two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth).
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What’s keeping affluent Americans up at night?
In addition to the pandemic, nearly three in four respondents (74%) cited “turbulence in Washington DC” and an equal amount (73%) cited “changes in tax laws.” Nearly two-thirds (62%) pointed to “concerns about the federal budget deficit” and nearly half (45%) cited “lifestyle changes post COVID.”
The young generation and financial literacy
As has been the case since we launched the survey in 2016, Millennials (42%) where overwhelmingly cited as the generation most pessimistic about its financial future. Generation Y (age 36-52) was the next most pessimistic cohort (23%) followed by seniors (19%) and Boomers (16%).
Less than half of respondents (45%) felt America’s financial literacy has improved over the past year. About one third (35%) believe our nation’s financial literacy has remained the same and nearly one in five (19%) worry that it has fallen behind.
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Our 2021 survey is a joint initiative of CPA Trendlines, Elite Resource Team, The Financial Awareness Foundation, the Investments & Wealth Institute and HB Publishing & Marketing Company. We don’t make money from the survey or share email addresses or individual responses of participants. We’re just trying to give back to the profession.
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