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Levering tech for financial wellness

When employees struggle financially, their employers struggle. Recent research on short-haul truck drivers conducted at the University of Pittsburgh shows that when employees' financial stress rises, companies experience a $1.4 million increase in costs due to preventable accidents, according to a report, The Cost of Financial Precarity. Intuitively understanding this, more and more employers are

Financial literacy: An epic fail in America

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

What Is Financial Literacy and Why Does It Matter to Me?

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

7 principles for helping employees deal with financial stress

Employees are dealing with financial strain — and they may want some help from their employer to address it. The results of a recent survey on employer wellness programs from software company Welltok, reveals two important takeaways: · More than 60% of survey participants are seeking support from their employer for all aspects of health

On Why 100 Million Americans Are Financially Stressed And Will Likely Stay That Way

In January 2016 I founded a tech start-up help Americans make better financial decisions. I’ve since learned that most people are stressed out because they save little, have enormous debt, don’t know where their money goes and feel they’re not on track to meeting their long-term goals. I also found that the reasons for this are so

Simple Strategies To Help Anyone Improve Their Financial Literacy

No one wants to feel like they’re scrambling for money every month, especially if they’re already working full-time and struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. However, that seems to be a common occurrence in today’s world of high spending and even higher debt. Despite the current financial climate, there are many simple ways anyone can improve

Will Robo-Advisors And Chatbots Eliminate The Need For Financial Literacy?

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE FINTECH SNARK TANK According to one banking industry expert: Traditional methods for financial education are a waste of time when it comes to helping Millennials plan for their financial futures--instead, credit unions should share financial advice that helps Millennials get through the week or month, and relaying that information through mobile platforms and

Shore up your financial literacy

Two-thirds of Americans can't pass a basic financial literacy test, according to a study of 80,000 people by FINRA Investor Education Foundation. That means the majority do not have the knowledge needed to make smart financial decisions, potentially costing them thousands of dollars over a lifetime in missed investment opportunities, debt, poor saving habits and

What we don’t know about finances is costing us

What we don’t know can cost us; and many of us have at least some idea of how much. Respondents to a survey conducted this month reported that their lack of knowledge regarding personal finances likely cost them an average of $1,230 in 2018, as reported by the National Financial Educators Council, a personal finance company

Hard Financial Planning Lessons Learned From The Government Shutdown

The Federal Government shutdown is approaching its fourth week. According to the Washington Post, over 800,000 American workers have missed their first paycheck. As the shutdown continues there are many unfortunate stories about the personal hardship thousands of Americans are facing. An unexpected loss of income is an upsetting personal and financial setback. As a financial

Early Training on Financial Literacy is Every Parent’s Responsibility

Life is hard enough just trying figure out who you are without worrying about financial woes. Parents often forget to teach their kids about the key elements of being financially savvy while their kids are young enough to embrace the idea.  Teaching good habits when kids are young provide a big payoff in the end.

What Does It Mean to Be Knowledgeable About Your Finances?

Did you know that: 76% of millennials lack basic financial knowledge. Two-thirds of Americans don’t understand basic financial concepts. For example, they can’t compute the interest on a $20,000 loan with a 10 percent interest rate. Americans are generally overconfident in their financial knowledge, only a few could score a top grade on a financial quiz. In a survey

Financial Literacy and Financial Wellness Are Two Different Things

Financial literacy and financial wellness are not the same thing. Surprised? This author was, too. But it turns out there’s a major difference between being financially literate and achieving financial well-being. Essentially, there are some of the fundamental differences between financial literacy and financial wellness. Financial literacy means the education component — a term a

Why do so many people fall for financial scams?

In hindsight, david carter sees the deal differently. The 63-year-old has a Master’s degree in technology. A successful career meant he found a six-figure salary offer perfectly plausible. He knew from reading newspapers that tech stocks were up and the job market was hot. So when an email offered him a job with a Swiss firm

Communication, tools, safety net all key to improving retirement outcomes

Reforms should be better communicated to workers in efforts to combat behavioral biases and inadequate financial knowledge that undermines participants’ retirement decisions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation said in its latest pensions outlook report. The OECD called on combining funded and pay-as-you-go retirement plans, automatic mechanisms and a strong safety net for pensioners to boost retirement

Partially Privatizing Social Security Sounds Great, but Offers 2 Big Drawbacks

Few social programs bear as much importance to the financial well-being of older Americans as Social Security. Despite the average retired worker payout being only $1,417.22 a month in September 2018, the program is responsible for keeping 15.3 million retirees out of poverty. Furthermore, more than three out of five of today's aged beneficiaries lean

Six Steps To Implementing Financial Education In The Workplace

It is well known among employers that a lot of employees struggle with stress -- including financial stress -- at work. According to a recent survey from PwC, nearly one-third of employees report being distracted due to challenges with their personal finances. Persistent debts, outstanding bills, sudden large costs and overwhelming medical bills contribute to employees being

Are You Smarter About Personal Finance Than Your Fellow Americans?

There's a lot to know about your money. Unfortunately, many Americans don't know some of the basics that are important to making sound financial decisions. In fact, the Federal Reserve reported recently on how well Americans did when answering four basic financial literacy questions -- and there were a surprising number of incorrect answers. Can you correctly

Why We Need to Nurture Entrepreneurship in Young Girls

Last month, women on college campuses around the world gathered for Women Entrepreneurship Week, an annual event that brings budding female entrepreneurs together with female startup founders through workshops and panel discussions. Last year, it attracted participants from 76 universities in 15 countries. Programs like these promote and support women’s entrepreneurship—and we need more of them

America’s Growing Financial Literacy Problem

Making major personal finance decisions can be daunting for anyone. Whether the decision is related to paying back student debt or how to invest for the first time, the outcomes of these decisions have a long-term impact on the quality of our lives. Smart decisions can lead to achieving financial independence, while bad decisions can lead