Daily Juice 036 – Do you have money smarts?

Daily Juice 036 – Do you have money smarts?

This topic makes me sad a bit, but I want to talk about it. Let’s call it Money Smarts or “Financial IQ”

Americans still can’t answer some basic personal finance questions correctly — and that’s not even the worst news from a new survey on financial capability.

You would think by now that consumers would have a sense of how to calculate savings account interest and what effect inflation has on their buying power, but the figures are still dismal. In 2009, 42 percent of consumers could answer at least four of the five quiz questions correctly; now, only 37 percent were able to. The overall survey average was 3.2 correct answers.

What is going on? Are we just lazy? Is that because we have a phone in our hand 24/7 and know how to use google?

I think this closely relates to why so many Americans are struggling and living paycheck to paycheck.

What many need to understand that Financial literacy is something you need to stay current on all the time. It’s not something you do once (take a class or read a book). You will be faced with making decisions which will require you to be agile!

How well are you prepared?

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Anna Sergunina
Anna Sergunina

I'm Anna Sergunina, CFP®, President & CEO at MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc. My passion lies in serving others through financial planning, helping clients achieve their dreams like buying a home, saving for education, or retiring early. With over two decades in the industry and a CFP designation since 2009, I'm dedicated to excellence and continuous growth. Beyond work, I cherish moments with my son Liam, prioritize self-care, and engage in content creation for my Money Boss Parent Podcast and Money Library blog.

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