January 11, 2018

Digital money management features such as automated savings and spending controls will become banks' tool of choice to attract millennials, according to Business Insider Intelligence's predictions for 2018.

The threat of young customers turning to alternative financial services providers is a major driver for banks' adoption of new tools and services to engage and serve the tech-savvy generation. As a 2017 BI Intelligence study reveals, 53% of millennials would trust a tech giant like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft more than a bank for financial services. In the coming year, BI Intelligence predicts leading banks will fight back by rolling out digital money management features that appeal to the generation's tech appetite and budgetary needs.

According to Business Insider Intelligence, automated savings is a feature more banks will add in 2018 to grow positive financial habits among customers and earn their loyalty. These banks will follow the lead of financial institutions that have already rolled out such services in 2017.

Among the examples highlighted by Business Insider Intelligence are services like Finn from Chase, that ease the process by letting users set goals and automatically take out certain amounts of money at specified intervals.

"It will maximize the customer's savings benefits, and it's completely personalized. We think it's a good use of AI that will help a lot of people, especially those that live paycheck-to-paycheck," said Peter Tilton, SVP of Digital at RBC. "It's helping them put away money, which is the most logical way to build up wealth."

"Millennials want to save and invest, but need an easy way to get started and stay on track," said David Sosna, Personetics' co-founder and CEO. "There's an opportunity for banks to fill this need with AI-powered tools and services that are integrated into the everyday banking experience and help customers save more, build up investment funds, and achieve their financial goals."

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