Delaying major purchases due to economic conditions
TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Three-quarters (75 per cent) of British
Columbia residents believe they have an "excellent/good" level of
financial knowledge - the highest in the country - while close to the
same number (73 per cent) consider the level of the "average Canadian"
to be "not very good/terrible", according to the RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook (RBC CCO).
The RBC CCO also found that 65 per cent B.C. residents think the lack of
good financial knowledge is a serious issue across the country that
could use some improvement. The top three resources people on the west
coast are using to improve their financial knowledge are:
speaking to a financial advisor (45 per cent) - the highest mark in the
country and nine percentage points above the national average
reading daily newspapers and listening to business reports on TV and
radio (36 per cent)
seeking advice from friends and family who are financially savvy (31 per
"It's encouraging to see that British Columbians continue to seek ways
to enhance their financial knowledge, as this helps ensure that their
day-to-day financial decisions will be well-informed ones," said Doug
Turner, regional vice-president, East Fraser Valley, RBC. "In addition,
working with an RBC financial planner can help you build a higher level
of financial awareness and help you reach your financial goals."
In addition to questions about financial knowledge, the quarterly RBC
CCO asked B.C. residents about the Canadian economy. Sixty per cent
responded that they believe current national economic conditions are
good and one-third (34 per cent) expect the national economy to improve
over the next year. The most recent RBC Economic Outlook forecast indicates that British Columbia's economy is set to grow at a
rate of 2.3 per cent, just above the national average of 2.1 per cent.
"B.C.'s economic indicators have been mostly positive so far this year
thanks to encouraging signs developing in key export markets and strong
activity in domestic sectors. Still, the external performance remained
a mixed bag at best," stated Craig Wright, senior vice-president and
chief economist, RBC. "Looking ahead, softness in the trade sector will
be the key factor slowing real GDP this year."
Other highlights from the B.C. results include:
Financial Success: Almost half (42 per cent) of British Columbians define financial success
as being debt-free, similar to the national average.
Job Anxiety: Job anxiety has decreased in B.C. and sits at 15 per cent, four
percentage points lower than the national average of 19 per cent.
Major Purchases: More than half (53 per cent) of British Columbians say they will be
delaying major purchases (such as new cars and household appliances),
due to the current economic conditions, compared to 50 per cent across
Financial Decision Making: Seven-in-10 (68 per cent) British Columbians - the highest mark in the country - say they take a disciplined approach
and consider all options and income sources when making financial
decisions, compared to 61 per cent nationally.
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About the RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook
The survey is conducted online via Ipsos Reid's national I-Say Consumer
Panel to 3,027 Canadians (450 British Columbia, 449 Alberta, 453
Saskatchewan/Manitoba, 714 Ontario, 510 Quebec, 451 Atlantic Canada).
Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the
sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to
Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample
universe. Data collection was July 3 to 9, 2012. A survey with an
unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100 per cent response
rate would have an estimated margin of error of ±1.8 percentage points,
19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire
population of adults in Canada been polled.
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