Do the real world issues of infectious disease or terrorism get in the way of travel plans? Most affluent investors say not so much.
Americans like to visit new and unusual locations, but they don’t always have a great time getting there.
While technological advances and digital communication have made some aspects of travel easier (reservations, travel alerts, etc.), there are aspects of modern life which make travel plans complicated and worrisome.
The world can be a scary place, and some outside influences are making it scarier. But is it scary enough to affect the travel plans of America’s affluent investors?
Affluent investors admit the current run of terrorism has affected their travel plans, more so than other potential widespread concerns. A Spectrem survey of almost 1,000 affluent investors shows that terrorism is tops on the list of factors affecting travel plans.
The surveyed investors were asked to measure the influence certain factors have, or have had, on recent or future travel plans, placing their level of concern on a scale of 0-100, with “0’’ meaning “not at all influential” and “100” corresponding to “very influential”.
Terrorism rated much higher than three other factors, with an overall rating of 56.54, just above the midrange of concern level. Being investors, the fate of the U.S. stock market received an overall grade of 43.91, while gas prices (which are creeping back up due to recent announcements of gas supply cutbacks from the Middle East) scored a 37.60. Communicable diseases such as Zika or Ebola got the lowest mark of concern at 32.02.
The investors were segmented by age, wealth level, occupation, retirement status and political affiliation, and those segments showed different levels of concern.
Age is definitely a factor in the concern level of investors. Retired investors (presumably older) rated “terrorism”’ at 60.33, one of the highest ratings for that factor. Investors over the age of 60 rated it at 59.97, in contrast to investors under the age of 40, who rated it at 46.83.
But topping even retired investors was investors who are corporate executives. The executives gave “terrorism’’ an average score of 63.53. From a political standpoint, Republicans rated “terrorism’’ at 62.71, much higher than Democrats, who rated it at 51.46. Independents put their concern over terrorism at 54.07.
Is it fair to say younger investors just have less concern about everything in their lives? Not necessarily, and not in the case of travel issues. While the under-40 group did rate terrorism very low, their concern over infectious diseases came out higher than the average at 34.87. They were more encouraged by gas prices (42.14 to the 37.60 average) and less concerned about the stock market (38.06 to 43.91).
What is telling is that unmarried investors are less affected by everything offered in the survey, especially terrorism.
The infectious disease issue received the highest level of concern from Business Owners (42.94) and the stock market fluctuations were most a factor to Republicans and the oldest segment of investors.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.