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Financial success should be for all
Every aspect of our adult lives: from paying bills, applying and managing credit, buying cars and homes, and investing for the future, all depend on a basic financial literacy.
And yet, research shows that only about half of Americans understand concepts like debt and the importance for saving for retirement.
California is one of 5 states with no personal finance education standards for any grade level.
America's massive and expanding racial & gender financial literacy gap contributes to
growing economic inequalities.
Low financial literacy is connected to negative credit behaviors, higher interest and delinquency rates and home foreclosure.
According to the P-Fin Index, the connection is clear: financial literacy leads to financial wellness.
People with greater financial literacy are:
There is much to know about the financial part of our lives. We often must learn as we go, making painful mistakes along the way.
Beyond the specifics of budgeting or how credit works, a large part of financial wellness is about self-control, discipline and trade-offs; about delayed gratification and the ability to think long-term.
Wants vs. Needs
Financial Goal-Setting & Planning
Delayed Gratification & Self-Control
Income & Taxes
Budgeting & Expenses
Unexpected Life Events
Credit & Debt
Insurance & Risk
Being a Critical Consumer
The Magic of Compounding
Introduction to Investing
April is National Financial Literacy Month.
There's no better time than spring for a month of information & action devoted to family-focused financial wellness.
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