top of page

CFP Board Press Release: Confident Saving

CFP Board Consumer Survey Series: Slow and Steady “Confident Savers” Win the Race

CFP Board Consumer Advocate offers tips to stay on track

Washington, D.C., November 22, 2016 – The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) commissioned a consumer survey series examining four groups of Americans based on their saving patterns. One particular group stands out among the rest as they exhibit high confidence about their financial future due to their slow and steady approach to saving throughout their lifetime.

The group, identified as “Confident Savers,” consists of older Americans who have fewer children living at home. These individuals are similar to the other cohorts identified in this study; they hold a median income range of $50K-$100K, utilize employer-sponsored retirement plans, and believe Social Security is an important source of income for retirement. Where Confident Savers differ significantly is in their attitudes about saving. These individuals save money on a very regular basis and are twice as likely as their peers to consult a financial planner for advice.

“We all want to be confident in the future. Confident Savers make the future a priority,” said CFP Board Ambassador to Metro-Detroit Robert Schmansky, CFP®. “They are the millionaire next door. Your relative who drives their cars until the wheels fall off. Confident Savers have developed habits that place saving for future needs first, and make everything else work.”

In the latest contribution to, CFP Board explains why Confident Savers are ready for retirement:

  • They prioritize savings: The highest financial prerogative of Confident Savers is saving money. In this regard, they are well ahead of the other groups in terms of what they see as important.

  • They save regularly: Eighty-eight percent of Confident Savers save each and every month.

  • They save early: On average, this group started saving for retirement around 25 years old – long before most people even start thinking about their retirement years.

  • They value outside expertise: Confident Savers are twice as likely as the other groups to hire a financial planner to manage their money.

These four basic qualities can help anyone reach financial security. Confident Savers are the tortoises, not the hares, in life’s financial contest. They don’t have to push and sweat as retirement comes near – they can take it easy in those final laps. After all, isn’t that what retirement is for? Just like Confident Savers, you can speak with a CFP® professional to ensure a strong financial plan for retirement and beyond.

One thousand working Americans over 25 years old participated in the 20-minute online survey conducted May 13-16, 2016. The survey series released by CFP Board determined there are four demographics of Americans based on their saving patterns: Concerned Strivers, Stretched Worriers, Confident Savers and Tentative Savers. Given this is the third report in the series, CFP Board will release the final report on Stretched Worriers within the remainder of the year. A summary of the overall survey results can be found at

ABOUT CFP BOARD The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board’s mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. CFP Board currently authorizes more than 75,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.

CONTACT: Jessica Lewis, Communications Specialist P: 202-379-2256 Twitter: @cfpboardmedia


Robert Schmansky is the founder of Clear Financial Advisors of Metro-Detroit. Rob has over a decade of experience helping individuals and families meet their financial goals and overcome money concerns. He is frequently quoted in the media on issues regarding personal financial planning, and has been a contributing writer for U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Investopedia, and Yahoo!Finance, and an investment expert for FiLife, a former Dow Jones/IAC joint Internet venture. He has been an adjunct instructor of economics and the required courses for candidates to sit for the CFP® exam. Investment News selected Rob as a 2015 40 Under 40 financial planning professional and he is the 2013 PlanPlus Global Financial Planning Awards North American finalist.

CONTACT: Robert Schmansky, CFP® P: 248-677-1762 E: W: Twitter: @moneyclarity

# # #

bottom of page