FinTech Update: 5 Financial Apps To Know Next

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These five money apps are banking on Millennials for success…

Young consumers are driving the fintech revolution—according to study after study. Finance company SoFi reports almost 40% of 25-34-year-olds are using apps and digital tools for personal finance a few times a month or more. According to Bank of America’s 2016 Consumer Spending Snapshot, mobile wallet transactions are up 267% with 18-34-year-olds, and spending is up 235%. “Venmoing” has become a verb for a reason. The increasing popularity of the new payment method helps explain why credit card usage is on a decline with consumers between the age of 20-50. But they’re not just making spending and paying mobile, young consumers want their financial institutions to be mobile as well. Research by The Independent Community Bankers of America found that 74% of Millennials say mobile banking is very important to them, and 40% say they’d rather communicate with banks via email and websites. According to the 2016 FIS Consumer Banking PACE Index, 63% of Millennials are accessing their bank accounts on their mobile phones on a monthly basis—they’re also 30% less likely than Baby Boomers to visit a bank location or use a drive-thru, and are 17% more likely to pay a bill from their bank through a mobile device. Of course, investing is another financial space that’s been taken mobile for Millennials—while they may be notoriously risk-averse and financially insecure, they’re finding their own way of getting into the stock market, and mobile microinvesting (investing in “low-maintenance, index fund-based allocation strategies with small, frequent contributions”) has been a fairly safe strategy many young investors are trying out. Startups like Acorns—which we called out back in 2014—and Robinhood have created apps to help young consumers…

 
 

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“My generation feels entitled and is less willing to put in hard work to get the results they want.”—Female, 17, VA

CoverGirl is getting a marketing makeover to impress Millennials. The brand is changing up their slogan for the first time since 1997, with “Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Covergirl” getting traded for “I Am What I Make Up.” To go along with the new tagline, an inclusive lineup of new CoverGirls will debut the revamped brand—from 69-year-old Maye Musk to pro motorcycle rider Shelina Moreda. Finally, products will be taking on the Less is More trend with “sleeker, more minimal black and white packaging” and a logo to match—a familiar branding makeover move. (Racked)

Riverdale’s recent premiere pulled impressive ratings, especially among young adults—and the show may have Netflix to thank for it. The Archie-remake grew in popularity by 67% from last winter’s premiere and 140% with women under 35. But it gained the most ground with teens, jumping an impressive 467% from last winter’s premiere, making it the most popular show from The CW among teens since The Vampire Diaries in 2012. The show’s presence on Netflix during the off-season may have helped attract young viewers, allowing them to binge the series and get addicted on their time—The Binge Effect at work. (Vulture)

Essential oils are the latest wellness trend to gain traction, appealing to Millennials’ desire to ease anxiety. The most stressed generation to date is turning to little vials of “something between a perfume and a potion” to calm their minds and remedy simple sicknesses. Companies aren’t missing the opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand. Two major brands, Young Living and doTerra, “have more than three million customers apiece, and a billion dollars in annual sales.” (The New Yorker)

The majority of teachers say that life skills are more important to success today than academics. According to research out of the U.K., more than half of teachers believe so-called “’soft’ skills,” including perseverance, the ability to problem-solve, and communicate effectively are more important than “academic knowledge and technical skills.” Unfortunately, institutions often focus on test scores instead of “social and emotional learning, or character.” The good news is groups are pushing for change and “teaching ‘character’ is taking hold everywhere.” (Quartz)

Throw that “Me, Me, Me Generation” stereotype out the window, because Millennials are probably not any more narcissistic than previous generations. (Sorry, Time Magazine.) A report published in Psychological Science compared students from a ‘90s study with students in the 2000s and 2010s and found that today’s youth are “at best” equally as self-involved as young people of the past, and may actually be less narcissistic. The professor who led the study reports, “The kids are all right. There never was a narcissism epidemic, despite what has been claimed.” (Uproxx)

“My love of video games and knowledge of technology and streaming naturally eased me into the world of esports.”—Female, 23, FL

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