Podcast: Big business and the future of online budgeting
In order to get a better idea of what this trend means banks and more importantly, you the consumer, Geoff Williams and myself invited Avi Karnani, the founder and CEO of Thrive, to join us on WalletPop Radio.
While Thrive isn't as well known as competitors like Mint and Quicken Online, it is a respected player and was recently acquired by LendingTree to power its MoneyRight personal finance tool.
Over the past two years these tools have become more accepted by consumers and have attracted a new demographic, older or less tech savvy individuals, by bringing the power of a brand name and additional customer service such as the live customer support number that Thrive provides. Still, with 90 million households banking online in the U.S. less than 5% are using a money management tool to really harness their money.
We talk with Avi about several topics including:
- How Avi feels about competitors entering this market.
- Whether people will actually switch banks to use an online budgeting tool.
- Whether this new competition will cause banks to be more open with their data or closed off.
- The wonderment new users have when joining a personal finance management site like Thrive.
- How action based budgets and trade-offs can create behavioral change for a better financial outlook.