It's Halloween. You've stocked up on the best candy and your house is decked out in ghoulish decorations as you prepare to handle the rush of excited children. Unfortunately, despite all of the preparation, nobody is knocking at your door.For many financial institutions, this is the same feeling they have had as they have introduced personal financial management (PFM) tools to a less than overwhelming consumer response.
Arguments across the industry continue over the potential impact and adoption of PFM tools. Despite topping the charts in hype and media coverage over the past several years, some believe that PFM may always fail to deliver in terms of usage rates.
A 2012 survey by the Federal Reserve shows that 21 percent of consumers currently use a PFM tool (this includes any program or website used to track household finances). Aite Group shows that the percentage may be closer to 27 percent when all PFM options are taken into account. However, there is still potential for growth in this area, with an additional 14 percent of consumers indicating a desire to use PFM tools.
|Aite Group, Sept. 2012|