The latest research from our Online Banking Report division is now available. It’s a double issue (#152/153) released today entitled:
Online Investing Communities: Will social networking revolutionize saving & investing?
We believe social networking will eventually play a large role in online investing, and evidently we are not alone. We found 54 companies involved in investment-information exchange and only six of those have monthly traffic of 100,000 or more.
So, while we like the idea, it will take awhile to catch on. Only about 25% of the U.S. population owns individual stocks, and only a small subset of those make a trade every year. Furthermore, the prime social networking demographics, those younger than 35, are less likely to own or follow stocks. As a result, we project that it will be well into the next decade before adoption passes the 10% mark.
In preparing the report, we asked 400 U.S. online users their thoughts about the idea of sharing investment info in a social network setting setting such as Zecco Share or Motley Fool CAPS (see note 1). While there was a decent amount of interest from the under-30 group, 30% were somewhat or very interested, the overall enthusiasm for the idea among all U.S. adults (21+) was only 22%. See the full report for more research results and the resulting 10-year social investing forecast.
For more information read the abstract here.
1. We asked U.S. online users for their opinions about social networking for investment information (fielded April 18-19, 2008, n = 401). The top-level results are including in the report. For more detail, All-Access subscribers may download a complete summary PDF document of all questions and answers or download an Excel file of the raw data. In addition, All-Access subscribers may use our online research tools to run their own cross-tabs and filters on the dataset. The dataset will be available next week through subscriber accounts at OnlineBankingReport.com.