Quiz: Savings and investing for millennials


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If you’re like many millennials, you think the safest way to handle money is keeping it in cash. For those 21 to 36 years old, it’s seen as a better choice than sinking it into the stock market, according to a 1st-quarter 2014 UBS Investor Watch report.

If you’re a millennial, you’re from the generation that’s been scarred by the Great Recession, making you part of the most financially conservative generation since the Great Depression, the survey found.

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Although you like cash, you’re probably not carrying around stacks of it to pay your bills. So, how do you compare with other generations when it comes to banking? And what do you really know about investing that hard-earned cash? Take our quiz and find out how “millennial” you are with your money.

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Answer: A. About 9 in 10 millennials bank online, and 72% are active users of mobile banking, according to the 2014 North America Consumer Digital Banking Survey conducted by Accenture. Millennials also are more likely than other generations to be willing to switch to banks with no branch locations.
Next Question Do you choose debit or credit? © Jeff A. Moore/Shutterstock.com
Answer: B. Millennials have fewer credit cards, on average, than other generations -- about 1.5 credit cards per person, according to Experian -- and they carry lower amounts of debt on those cards. But, you've got plenty of other kinds of debt, such as school loans and car loans.
Next Question How much money do you have in emergency savings? © Jeff A. Moore/Shutterstock.com
Answer: B. Experts say you should have 3 to 6 months' worth of expenses set aside for emergency savings, but one-quarter of Americans haven't managed to save a dime.

So, it will probably come as a shock to older generations that 18- to 30-year-olds are most likely to have 5 months' worth of emergency savings squirreled away. Bankrate's chief financial analyst Greg McBride, CFA, says that's because many millennials have lower expenses and are still in college, or live with roomies or Mom and Dad.
Next Question Are you setting aside money for retirement? © martellostudio/Shutterstock.com
Answer: A. Because millennials have seen the toll that the Great Recession took on their parents, many are already socking away money for retirement. And they're starting early -- at age 22.

A 2014 survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that 70% of millennials are saving for retirement in an employer-sponsored plan and/or outside of work. They're contributing a median 8% of their income to 401(k)s or similar plans each year and the median household retirement savings is already $32,000.
Next Question What would you do if you received $1,000 as a gift? © altafulla/Shutterstock.com
Answer: B. Millennials tend to be overloaded with debt. In fact, a student who graduated from college in 2013 was burdened with an average of $28,400 in school loans, the Project on Student Debt and College InSight found.

A survey by financial services company UBS found more than 4 in 10 millennials would use a windfall to pay off debt, compared with just 15% of non-millennials. Only 12% would invest it in the market compared with one-third of those from other generations.
Next Question To whom do you turn for financial advice? © ross-edward cairney/Shutterstock.com
Answer: B. Millennials have great faith in their family and friends to give them the best financial advice. A UBS survey found that 41% of millennials will seek advice from their parents. Meanwhile, just 14% of millennials will seek advice from a financial adviser, compared with 40% of respondents from other generations.
Next Question Do you typically pay monthly service fees on your checking account? © Mike Truchon/Shutterstock.com
Answer: B. The era of free checking accounts at big banks is nearly dead, which is anathema to millennials. About 83% say fees are a key consideration when choosing a bank or credit union, according to th!nk Finance, a Texas data company that serves lenders.