VIENNA, Austria - March 05, 2020 – 50% of Austrian women consider their current financial situation to be positive or rather positive - this is confirmed by a representative survey conducted by marketmind on behalf of BAWAG P.S.K. It deals with women's attitudes and perspectives on the topic of financial well-being, which is made up of several aspects. "About every second woman expects an improvement in the next five years, while the outlook for retirement causes financial worry lines: More than half of the women surveyed are concerned that they will not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement," commented David O'Leary, Member of the Managing Board of BAWAG Group and responsible for the Retail and SME business of BAWAG P.S.K. in Austria.
Current situation: 3 out of 4 women with at least a balanced account
If one takes a closer look at the survey results, 55% of the women state that they usually have money left in their account at the end of the month - before the salary arrives - and about a quarter of the respondents state that they are left with no disposable income. In general, 41% of the women say that they enjoy considering financial matters and staying up to date with financial topics, 42% are interested in economic interrelationships. 35% are asked for advice by family or friends. "We also know from our experience that women play an enormously important role in family decision-making," explains O'Leary. 74% of women say that they are "very good" or "good" at handling money, 82% say they know how much money they spend per month, 70% feel comfortable if they can get personal advice at a bank branch, and about the same number (74%) feel financially good if they can carry out their banking transactions without personal advice. At a young age, it contributes more to the financial well-being of women if they can afford something expensive than women over 50. This is also connected with not having to deal with the topic of finance much in your 20s.
When asked to assess their own financial situation over the next five years, about one in two women (48%) expect their situation to improve, just over a third (35%) expect there to be no change, while only 4% anticipate a sharp deterioration.
Top future concerns for women: Lack of affordability of care and lower standard of living in retirement
A look at the main concerns regarding the financial situation in the future shows that more than 50% of women fear that they will not be able to afford a potential need for care or that they will not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement. To address these concerns, BAWAG P.S.K. - in addition to personal consultations in its new branches - also organizes events specifically designed to meet the needs of women. The aim of these events is to raise awareness of securities investment among female bank customers and to overcome their fear of contact. "In Austria, more than forty percent of the financial assets of Austrian households are currently held in bank deposits or under the pillow - it is high time to set a new course. It is important for women to tackle their financial future planning early on and to review it regularly. Because it is becoming increasingly important, especially for women, to actively take care of their financial security at an early stage. After all, the average Austrian woman still has around 26 years ahead of her when she retires, during which she can realize her wishes and goals," O'Leary concludes.
The BAWAG P.S.K. survey was conducted by marketmind in the third quarter of 2019 among 1,063 respondents representative of Austria (between 18-65 years of age, by age, gender, education and province) on the basis of online and telephone surveys (763 CAWI interviews; 300 CATI interviews).
Press release (PDF)
Study results (PDF; only in German)
Manfred Rapolter (Head of Communications, Spokesperson)