Solution areas for exploration
You may have heard the old adage “Three things we don’t talk about at the dinner table: Money, Politics, and Religion.” As a sensitive topic, money isn’t often talked about. GenZ’s report little financial literacy and anxiety around learning it. If they are learning, its typically in reaction to a negative trigger and they are seeking advice on that specific topic from a close male relative.
We are exploring the use of play to create space and vulnerability to talk about sensitive issues like money. If we can create a culture that talks about money and saving, it might inspire more knowledge sharing, reduce anxiety, and promote behavioural “bench marking” (i.e. My brother is saving X% so I should too.)
GenZs value the now. Many report difficulty connecting emotionally with their savings (“I would never call it my pension. It’s my company’s pension.”) Further, now more than ever, it is easy to spend. With digital functions like the Amazon “Buy Now” slider, Gen Z’s don’t have a moment to consider the utility of their purchase against future saving potential.
We are exploring the need for digital friction to reduce spending and increase saving - including AI generations of the GenZ’s future self, as well as emotional tracking across purchases. If we can understand which purchases bring people joy, and which cause feelings of guilt and regret, we can re-route regretful spending away from purchases and into a savings pool.
Many GenZs indicate that they might never fully retire. They seek passion driven work and want to do it until they are no longer able. Gen Z’s envision a flexible life, one where they can take time off when they want or need, and that work will be a passion project to come back to.
We are exploring the structures required to allow for “mini-retirements” throughout an individuals life, supported by a new type of savings account, temporary bank card, and smart time off recommendations. Our solution considers the utility of pensions today, and the kinds of fixed funding (e.g. health spend before end of life) which can not be re-allocated to earlier phases of life. We will encourage saving for investment return, while supporting those who want flexibility.