Americans (and others) are financially illiterate. That isn’t meant to be an insult or slur, and don’t just take my word for it. Here are some studies that look at the impact of financial literacy (or lack thereof), and more pointedly how affects from Covid-19 impacted those with less financial savviness.
So, why is that? Or perhaps more importantly, how can we change that for the better? My guess at why so many are financially illiterate is that personal finance can be a very complex subject matter, with confusing and conflicting approaches, and that some people simply find it boring — or at least something they would rather not deal with today. Or at all.
I happen to be one of the minority weirdo nerds that really dig spreadsheets and geek out over personal and business financial issues. But I know not many people are. And being all jazzed up about money, investing, budgets and finance in general doesn’t make me especially brilliant, or really any smarter than anyone else.
In fact, I find many of the topics on finance and investment advice that I read to be pretty confusing and contradictory as well. So, if you are in that boat, it is not just you. I am in there with you.
I have, however, began to slowly develop a personal strategy for dealing with our family’s finances. Along the way I came to realize that financial planning is a very personal and specific activity. This is likely why a lot of generic financial advice can be confusing, or off-putting, because it really doesn’t apply specifically to your particular situation.
So as a way to make financial advice more “digestible”, and applicable to any given specific scenario, I have decided to write a series of short pieces — bite-sized, if you will, that the reader can pick up and use, or ignore completely and move on.
Think of it as a buffet filled with finger food. Take what you want, ignore anything that doesn’t sound like it fits on your particular plate, and begin to assemble your own financial feast one small piece at a time.
Stay tuned for more to come.
If you like this, you might like some of my other writing:
The One New Year’s Resolution that Won’t Let You Down
Ten minutes right now will pay dividends all year long!
How to Ignore the Financial Advice that is Keeping You from Reaching Your Savings Goals
Newsflash: there is no “right” way to save your money; well-intentioned advice can be a deterrent to action
Timothy Key spent over 26 years in the fire service as a firefighter/paramedic and various fire chief management roles. He firmly believes that bad managers destroy more than companies, and good managers create a passion that is contagious. Compassion, grace and gratitude drive the world; or at least they should. Follow me on , , and , and join the .
Originally published at https://timothykey.com on February 10, 2021.