Financial Literacy

Financial literacy: a crucial life skill

Throughout school, students learn advanced mathematical and chemical equations, American history, art, music and English. But most Americans never learn how to properly manage money. Debt is an accepted part of most people’s lives. Thirty percent of Americans have no long-term financial plan. Some have a tendency to spend money when and where they want

84% of millennials and Gen Z failed this retirement quiz

The vast majority of workers under the age of 34 lack basic knowledge about their 401(k) retirement plans, according to the new Financial Wellness in the Workplace Study from Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions. The report surveyed 1,000 employees at companies with between five and 350 workers on their retirement knowledge and preparedness, and found that 84% of

Financial literacy skills have taken a nose dive since the Great Recession

It’s been a decade since the Great Recession’s upheaval, and while some measures of Americans’ economic well-being have recovered like the unemployment rate, their financial literacy isn’t one of them. Between 2009 and 2018, there was an 8% slip in the amount of people who could correctly answer most questions about interest rates, inflation, bond prices,

Financial Prosperity Eludes Many Americans Despite Growing Economy

As the gap between the Haves and the Have-nots continues to widen, cash-strapped Americans are failing to save money, struggling with student loan debt and facing decreasing financial literacy, despite economic growth and declining unemployment over the past 10 years, according to new research from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation). The study, “The

We must act today to address the hidden cost of financial illiteracy

With bipartisanship in short supply, Congress must search for areas in which cooperation is both possible and beneficial for the health of our nation—and financial literacy would be a wise place to start. The lack of financial literacy is blind to politics. It affects young and old, rural and urban, and every ethnicity, gender and creed.

7 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Financial Literacy

Managing your personal finances and understanding the concepts is critical if you want to maintain your financial well-being, so holes in your knowledge can come with serious consequences. Luckily, there are plenty of free online courses that can help you improve your financial literacy. Here are seven free online courses that everyone should consider taking. 1. Personal Finance

Let’s stop the argument that financial education doesn’t work

About this time each year, I expect the predictable articles proclaiming that personal finance education doesn’t work. Pundits point to poor proficiency in financial literacy “tests,” and programs that show minimal change in consumer’s behaviors to support their position. They assert this education is useless, ineffective and a waste of time, and we should stop spending

Are you on the right financial track for your age?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, combined with a review of research and consultation with leading experts, found that financial well-being includes the following four elements: Having control over day-to-day, month-to-month finances. Having the capacity to absorb a financial shock. Being on track to meet your financial goals. Having the financial freedom to make the choices

Can You Answer These 6 Basic Financial Questions? Most People Only Get 2 Right.

Can you answer these six basic financial questions? Most people answer only two questions correctly. Let's see how well you do. Basic Financial Literacy Questions These six questions on credit history, net worth, interest rates and student loans were developed by Annamaria Lusardi, Director of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at The George

How Financial Literacy Can Lift Women Out Of Poverty

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

Three Facts That Show Why Financial Literacy Is Especially Important For Women

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

What’s Missing From Today’s Financial Literacy Initiatives

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

Consumers Still Have Much To Learn To Reach Financial Literacy

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.

America Scores an Average ‘C’ Grade for Financial Literacy Month

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

Not being financially literate could cost you a bundle

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

Financial literacy matters. Here’s what we need to do about it

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,

Why Personal Financial Literacy Matters To Communities

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

It’s time for corporations to recognize the financial fragility of their employees

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

In debt or struggling to save? Artificial intelligence can help.

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