Millennials may still have decades of earnings ahead of them and plenty of time to save for retirement, but many are still worried about their financial futures.
Nearly four in 10 said they worry about their financial future at least once a week, according to recent study from Fidelity. Financial advisors say the anxiety may spring from a lack of financial know-how.
Most schools still don't have financial literacy programs in place and many parents are reluctant to have conversations with kids about money, said Judith Ward, a financial planner at T. Rowe Price. As a result, she said, "millennials don't know where to start."
"Financial literacy is a huge problem," said Chantel Bonneau, a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual. "It's really constantly surprising to recognize how people don't know the important aspects of this topic."
One of the first questions Bonneau asks when meeting with a new client is, "On a monthly basis, what does it take to live your life?" Her millennial clients either give her a pretty specific number, meaning that they have a grasp on what they spend, or "they will literally stare at me and then after about 20 seconds of silence say '$3,000?' as if asking a question," she said.