Topic: Financial literacy
Publisher: TIAA Institute
Location: United States
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: August 17, 2020
Millennials (individuals age 18–37 in 2018) are the largest, most highly educated, and most diverse generation in U.S. history
This paper assesses the financial situation, money management practices, and financial literacy of millennials to understand how their financial behaviour has changed over the ten years following the Great Recession of 2008 and the situation they were in on the cusp of the current economic crisis (in 2018) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Findings from the National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) show that millennials tend to rely heavily on debt, engage frequently in expensive short- and long-term money management, and display shockingly low levels of financial literacy. Moreover, student loan burden and expensive financial decision making increased significantly from 2009 to 2018 among young adults.