Without financial literacy, you can’t lift yourself from poverty. In order to have financial security and eventual financial independence, knowledge of personal finance basics—managing savings, banking and investment accounts—is mandatory. Financial literacy can provide so much more, though. Think about this: When you are money savvy, no one can try to control your life by
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First, my disclaimer: It’s important that women and men understand their finance! All adults need to have a basic understanding of money management. However, on average men are still the ones to manage the family long-term financial planning, including: savings, investments, retirement, management and insurance. A UBS survey of high net worth married women, widows, and divorcees found that while 85% of the women
By the numbers, Americans are not a very financially literate people. According to a Standard & Poor’s Global Financial Literacy survey only about 57 percent of the adult population is financially literate, and only about one out of three can answer simple questions about inflation, compounding interest or investment diversification. Part of the problem, Affirm CEO and
April is Financial Literacy Month, a congressionally-backed effort to educate Americans about healthy financial practices and habits. Consumers tend to overestimate their financial literacy, according to a survey by research provider Raddon; 44 percent said they were “very” or “extremely” literate, but when given a financial quiz only 6 percent scored an “A.” Overconfidence can lead to costly mistakes.
Ten years after the financial crisis and Great Recession, WalletHub measured the financial literacy of each state. The average grade? No higher than a B, with most states falling in the D+ to B- range. The reason? Little to no financial education. “We don’t learn personal finance anywhere in school —some schools have very limited
You don’t know what you don’t know. And that’s the whole problem with financial literacy. Scrambling to pay bills or struggling with credit card debt is just the tip of the iceberg. Can you manage your own finances successfully if you don’t understand the relationship between bond prices and interest rates? Ric Edelman, founder of
The lack of financial understanding by consumers has been signaled as one of the main reasons behind savings and investing problems faced by many Americans. To that point, a variety of financial research and reports have made it clear that we, as a country, need to focus on financial literacy. The TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index,
While experts debate what’s ahead for the U.S. economy, a major issue that’s often overlooked continues to pose a threat – personal financial health. It’s critical for all Americans to be equipped with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions. As we draw attention to this issue through Financial Literacy Month this April, some alarming
The economy is good these days and many employers may believe their employees also are doing well financially, but this is not the case. There are two economies prevalent in society, and oftentimes our daily routines and biased views on the rest of the world mean we are not aware of that. The truth is
Olivia Moore of Chicago was $20,000 in debt when she downloaded Tally, a personal finance app designed to help customers pay off their credit cards. With Tally’s help, in less than two years she was able to cut her debt in half. Similarly, Callie Person of Florida turned to an app called Charlie, and in
Ignorance is not bliss—not when it comes to financial wellness, anyway. According to the third annual Personal Finance Index released by the TIAA Institute and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at the George Washington University School of Business, Americans don’t have the knowledge of personal finance that can enable them to make sound financial decisions. The P-Fin
The Spice Girls were the epitome of confidence and femininity in the late 1990s. Who could forget the catchy song "Wannabe"? The Englishwomen in the group were not afraid to speak their minds—as the lead singer sang, "I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want." And as more women become empowered, they
Financial advisers are uniquely positioned to deliver personal financial education in the U.S., and the business advantages they glean from doing so will benefit firms for years to come, experts in financial literacy said. The U.S. has the world’s largest economy, but it ranks 14th in the world for financial literacy. Improving the nation’s financial
April is National Financial Literacy Month. Why do we dedicate this calendar page to highlighting financial skills and education? The tax deadline? Sound financial decisions are important all year long, but most Americans never learned how to manage money or save for goals, so financial security is a bigger challenge than it needs to be.
We’ve had a silent generation, a sandwich generation, a lost generation—and now—an overlooked generation. Between the wave of retiring Baby Boomers and tsunami of entering Millennials, Gen X is forgiven for feeling neglected. Yet the group now aged 38 to 53 accounts for a third of the U.S. workforce, or 53 million people. And according to MetLife’s 17th Annual U.S.
Following up on its 2018 SEEK program with Queens College of the City University of New York, which provided financial aid as well as supplemental academic support, TIAA has launched a nifty online and on-campus financial education program called FinSights. The online program aims to help college students (or others who want to watch) skills to attain financial
Financial literacy awareness programs’ impact on retirement savings patterns seems to be headed in a positive direction. Numerous studies on financial literacy awareness conclude that such education efforts do, indeed, have a significant impact on retirement preparedness. However, other studies have found no clear correlation, showing that financial literacy education has changed behavior 0.1% of the
For as long as he can remember, Zachary Beneda dreamed of joining the Air Force. But the 23-year-old senior at Texas A&M University, who will be headed to Japan after graduation for his first active-duty assignment as an Air Force support officer, got a rude awakening when he realized he’ll also have to begin paying
Financial literacy is a hot-button issue as memories still linger over the Great Recession and as millions of baby boomers hit retirement age, and as a legion of younger Americans battle skyrocketing student loan debt. How important is financial literacy? According to data from the National Financial Educator Council, “lacking” financial literacy and not having