It has been eight years since the iPhone launched the “there’s an app for that” mobile movement, yet online and mobile retail banking still applies a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to target the specific needs of segments such as Gen Y, affluent investors, and microbusiness owners. There is no better place to start a segmentation discussion than with Gen Y consumers because they need cost-effective coaching as they face life-altering financial decisions. Perhaps most important, they need help to minimize the counterproductive emotions of money — anxiety, feelings of incompetence, instant gratification, and denial — and counter them with a sense of control, confidence, and empowerment. Javelin’s model for details how to build digital banking on a foundation of time-tested personal finance principles and integrate tools, insight, and advice that will enable customers to develop healthy, lifelong financial habits with every login, in the course of everyday banking. Javelin’s approach structures digital banking as the centerpiece of a consumer’s financial journey that starts with the first paycheck —and positions banks and credit unions as the trusted guide.

Primary Questions:

  • Why is traditional personal finance management (PFM) such a disappointment, and why does it fall short in a mobile-first era?
  • How many Americans use PFM tools from banks, software such as Quicken, and third-party sites and apps such as Mint, Mint Bills, and Credit Karma?
  • Which third-party apps are winning with consumers?
  • Are bank customers using third-party apps and desktop PFM, and which leading FIs have the biggest problem?
  • How could FIs use fundamental personal finance principles to create healthy lifelong habits?
  • How can FIs use this model to build trust and become a customer’s primary FI?

Companies Mentioned: 

ACI Worldwide BillGuard Digital Insights Huntington Bank Mitek
Acorns BMO Harris Discover Financial JPMorgan Chase Moven
Allied Payment Network Capital One eCredable KeyBank Mvelopes
Apple Charles Schwab Fidelity Investments KeyCorp MX
eAurora Financial System Citibank Fifth Third Bank Kofax Namu Systems
sBancVue Citizens Bank Financial Engines LearnVest OCBC Bank
Bank of America Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Finicity LendUp OnBudget
Bank of the West Credit Karma Finovera Level Money Personal Capital
BBVA Compass Credit Sesame First Financial Bank LinkedIn PNC Bank
BetterHaves D3 Banking First Niagara Bank  M&T Bank PowerWallet
Betterment Digit Fiserv (CashEdge) Malauzai Software Q2
FlexScore Geezeo Google Mint (Intuit) Qapital
FutureAdviser GoBank HelloWallet Mint Bills (Intuit) Quicken (Intuit)
ReadyforZero SaveUp Simplee StickK Top Image Systems
Regions Bank Simple SmartyPig Strands U.S. Bank
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) University of Chicago USAA Vanguard Walla.by
WealthFront Wealthsimple Wells Fargo Yodlee  

Press release: 10 Time-Tested Personal Finance Principles Can Transform Digital Banking

  • The consumer data in this report is based primarily on a random-sample panel of 8,552 consumers in a November 2014 online survey.
  • The report also draws on an online survey of 6,000 consumers in April–May 2015.