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Verbraucherbildung und Verbraucherberatung in der Altersvorsorge: ein Überblick über deutsche und britische Initiativen

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  • Christina Werner
  • Andreas Oehler
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    Consumer education and advice can play a vital role in raising awareness for a potential undersaving for retirement. Both may help consumers to select the appropriate pension plan, provider and product and to revise and adapt already taken decisions. Presenting offers in financial education in Germany and the United Kingdom in particular with regard to old-age provision, the article argues that there is a need for an approach that focuses on specific target groups. To reach vulnerable consumer groups financial education needs to be free of charge. Through cooperation with partner organisations consumers can be reached at stages in their life-cycle when important financial decisions need to be taken. In these situations they often prove more prone for attending consumer education and advice sessions. Continuous monitoring and evaluation of the initiatives is crucial to measure success. Verbraucherbildung und -beratung können das Problembewusstsein der Verbraucher für eine potenzielle Versorgungslücke im Alter schärfen, sie bei der Auswahl der geeigneten Vorsorgewege, -produkte und -anbieter unterstützen und ihnen dabei helfen, bereits getroffene Entscheidungen zu überprüfen und anzupassen. Vorgestellt werden Angebote zur finanziellen Allgemeinbildung und Beratung, insbesondere im Bereich der Altersvorsorge in Deutschland und Großbritannien. Im Beitrag wird vorgetragen, dass zielgruppenspezifische Angebote notwendig sind. Um bildungsferne und einkommensschwache Verbrauchergruppen anzusprechen, müssen die Angebote für Verbraucher kostenfrei sein. Über eine Kooperation mit Partnerorganisationen kann das Angebot so ausgestaltet werden, dass Verbraucher in Lebenssituationen erreicht werden, in denen wichtige finanzielle Entscheidungen getroffen werden und in denen daher besonderes Interesse an Bildungs- und Beratungsangeboten besteht. Eine kontinuierliche Evaluation der Bildungs- und Beratungsmaßnahmen ist zur Erfolgsmessung notwendig.

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    Article provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its journal Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung.

    Volume (Year): 78 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 125-143

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    Handle: RePEc:diw:diwvjh:78-3-8

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    Keywords: Consumer education; consumer advice; financial literacy; old-age provision;

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