There will be a global recession this year, signs of which are clearly visible now. What proactive measures are banks taking to assist their clients to sail through such a difficult period?
Right now, 56% of Americans claim that their household financial difficulties have resulted from price hikes. Many of them have reduced spending where they could, such as driving less, making fewer purchases, or using their emergency savings accounts.
The total amount of credit card debt held by Americans was $887 billion in the second quarter of 2022. The most significant year-to-year debt increase in more than 20 years amounts to an increase of $100 billion (a 13% increase) over the same period in 2021. And all of this occurs at a time when, according to the Financial Health Network Pulse Trends Report, people’s overall financial health has dropped for the first time since 2017.
More customers need help keeping up with payments. As the economy gets tighter, banks will be forced to ask clients to perform impossible tasks unless customer outreach and collection techniques adapt to meet the market’s demands.
From COVID, we learned that even major financial organizations can change their courses swiftly and put new ideas into practice far more quickly than anyone can anticipate. They should do something similar now to assist their clients in becoming more financially resilient, apart from providing support when making payments is challenging. There are some inventive solutions.
Customers are less likely to foreclose on their homes or fall behind on loans, if assisted by banks. Apart from strengthening portfolios and nurturing client loyalty, this helps the customers get back on track and attain financial stability. This is a solid business strategy for long-term customer retention.
Customers already have faith in their banks to safeguard their funds. So, banks are in a unique position to give their clients access to resources for financial wellness. Around 83% of economically vulnerable Americans expect their banks to provide them with money management or future financial planning.
To empower their clients to address payment difficulties, banks can assist consumers in locating local solutions, thus allowing the banks to prevent defaults and foreclosure.
Financial institutions’ response mechanism against COVID proved that it is possible to implement essential and suitable client-centric measures quickly, while upholding the integrity of their brands and ensuring profits. Customers will be happier and loyal to their banks, if a similar solution comes out again.
A lengthy recession is likely imminent. Banks will find more excellent financial stability even as the markets shift under our feet if they prioritize the economic well-being of their consumers.