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Millennials Make 2015 the Year of the MilestoneMillennials moving past recession, diving into new jobs, new homes and new rides
NEW YORK,  February 2, 2015 -- 

It's been widely reported that for many Millennials, "30 is the new 20," with many delaying major life milestones, like full-time employment, marriage and having children. However, recent data from the American Express Spending & Saving Trackersuggests that as the economy continues to recover, Millennials will make 2015 a year of major purchases and life experiences.

With the generation becoming a little older and perhaps wiser, Millennials, defined as young adults age 18-34, say they're more likely than older generations to experience major life milestones in 2015 (56% vs. 33% Gen X, 20% Baby Boomers) and make a big ticket purchase, like a new home or car (59% vs. 43% Gen X, 34% Baby Boomers)

"For the last several years, we've heard a great deal about Millennials being held back by the recession," said David Rabkin, Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending Products, American Express. "Now, with an improving economy, the country's 80 million Millennials say they will be wielding their wallets, a trend that will create an interesting new dynamic for retailers."

This year, Millennials are more likely than their older counterparts to:

2015 Milestone/Purchase

Millennials

Gen X

Baby Boomers

Take a leisure trip 75% 68% 59%
Buy a car 33% 27% 17%
Start a new job 27% 18% 8%
Buy a house, apartment or condo 25% 11% 6%
Move to a new place 23% 10% 10%
Purchase a major household appliance 22% 21% 14%
Get married 5% 2% 2%

Other Key Findings: Consumers Stash Less in the Savings Account, More in the Shoebox
For Americans of all generations, 2015 may be a good year, with more consumers feeling optimistic about their future finances (43% vs. 40% in 2014, 35% in 2012). Saving money still remains the top New Year's resolution (58% vs. 33% in 2013), but the average amount Americans plan to save is slightly down from last year ($11,292 vs. $12,464 in 2014).

With savings goals slightly down, consumers will look to a variety of ways to get there:

  • Save from primary income (52%, on par with 2014)
  • Save tax returns (26%, on par with 2014)
  • Pare back on little luxuries, such as morning lattes and manicures (23% vs. 21% in 2014)
  • Deductions from paycheck (21% vs. 18% in 2014)
  • Selling unwanted possessions online (20% vs. 18% in 2014)

A majority consumers say they'll keep their savings at a local bank (57% vs. 55% in 2014) but more than half of those who keep their savings in cash plan to hide bills in a secret location at home (53%).

About the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker
The American Express Spending & Saving Tracker research was completed online among a random sample of 1,820 adults, including the general U.S. population, as well as an affluent demographic defined by a minimum annual household income of $100,000, and those with leisure travel plans. Interviewing was conducted by Ebiquity between January 5 and 8, 2015. The results reported have an overall margin of error of +/- 2.3 (overall) and +/- 2.7 (leisure travelers) at the 95 percent level of confidence.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

Key links to products and services: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, business travel, and corporate card.

About Ebiquity, Plc.
Ebiquity are independent marketing performance specialists. Ebiquity enables brands across the world to make better informed decisions to improve their brand and business performance across integrated communications channels. Learn more at ebiquity.com.



Contacts

Kimberly Litt212.640.0453Kimberly.B.Litt@aexp.com


       
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