The Curious Case of Credit Card and Millennials

24 Nov

Credit cards are quite common in modern times and most people like to use them for the benefits of better managing their expenses as well as having a lifeline to go to in case of a financial emergency. Millennials are individuals who grew up in the new millennium and saw the turn of the century. This group makes up the young adults of the working age and therefore it is all but natural to study their use of credit cards.

The Older Belief

There was a belief that the millennial generation wanted to stay away from credit cards and generally preferred debit card and cash payments. The older generation was more into using the credit cards. Several surveys show that most young adults of age less than 29 generally do not have credit cards and therefore do not use them.

It was due to the fact that the millennial generation grew up in a torrid economic time. Everyone in the early 2000s was struggling with debts. Many major financial institutions crashed during this time and the international markets plummeted creating a natural fear in the growing general who saw their adults in financial problems.

The New Information

The new information however reveals that now the millennial generation understands the use of credit cards and has shifted towards their greater use. This information includes people up to the age of 34. In fact, millennial generation seemed to not use credit cards because it is simply difficult for a young individual with no credit history to obtain them.

Once the millennial generation got enough credit history or job continuity, it was able to get its hands on the credit cards. This has therefore resulted in a much greater use of the credit cards for shopping, travelling and other purposes. The recent survey also shows that the millennial generation is now interested in performing large purchases from their credit cards such as buying a car.

Why are Millennials Interested?

The millennials are now interested in credit cards because they want to access the benefits that are on offer. They want ease in paying off large sums as well access to everyday facilities and appliances. The people from this generation are preferring cards that do not have an annual fee and offer cash-back in their reward systems.

The members of this generation are also favouring credit cards that provide greater account control and offer superior safety features. This generation is known to stop using an account if a fraud occurs on it on a permanent basis.

Building Credit History

A strong reason for using credit cards early in your life is to build a strong history by the time you are ready to make a large purchase such as that of a car. Millennial generation has now realised that it will have to build credit history in order to enjoy the benefits on offer in the new mode of digital economy.

A strong history allows credit card users to obtain cards with greater limits and purchase more expensive products with the relative ease of paying in a few months. The growing need to obtain credit is now shifting millennials into using more and more credit cards and we have seen the rise of the new leading generation who are credit card users.…

Why Do People Waste Money Playing the Lottery?

08 Nov

Whether it is the United Kingdom, or the rest of the world, a pretty good chunk of people are addicted to playing lotteries, even though most of them never win anything major throughout their entire lives. On the other hand, around ninety nine percent of the people who win something from the National Lottery games in the UK re-participate in them, being convinced of another win.

The most obvious reason of why people participate in these lotteries is because its reward could potentially be enough to last several generations. According to statistics, around forty percent of Brits spend 416 pounds each on lotteries every year. With the odds of winning being one in fourteen million, it is mind-boggling how so many people still buy a lottery ticket or a scratch card.

To answer the question, we have listed some of the reasons why people tend to invest in this industry despite their overwhelming odds of losing.

The ‘Near Miss Effect’

A Near Miss effect is one of the most common reasons why people buy a lottery ticket for the second time. It simply states that you feel you were too close to winning, and that is why you need to try your luck again. This effect is so drastic and so powerful that you have already bought a lottery ticket several times before understanding what you have fallen prey to.

Failure of Comprehension

For the most part of human history, we were not required to solve complex probabilities. This is another reason why our brains fail to comprehend the weight of probability, “one in fourteen million”. Research tells us that most people think of such probabilities as ‘1 in 100,000’, the odds of which don’t sound as bad. It is only when we ponder on it that we realise how bad our actual odds of winning are.

Availability Bias

This is when we overestimate the likelihood of a certain event based on our confined range of experiences. In other words, people do not think about the millions who have lost the lottery. Instead, they hear of one or two of the people in their circle who have won it, and take the entire decision thinking about them. This phenomenon is called the Availability Bias.

The High-Return

Another key reason why most people tend to waste their money playing the lottery is that they only think of the extremely low investment as opposed to the enormous return they could get for it. While it is fair to bet on your luck, you shouldn’t ignore the probability of your win—which is extremely low. In fact, investing that money in a savings account gives you a far higher chance of earning a profit than a lottery does.

Before you invest your money in buying a lottery ticket and putting your money on a stake that is likely to provide no good, take into account the possibilities of other investments in the financial market. With this many financial institutions in the United Kingdom, you are bound to get a good yield off your investment.…