Some people may not be sure what the term “financial literacy” means. If you don’t work in the financial district, or you aren’t looking at a financial statement, then you might even be confused about what “financial” means. Don’t worry. The term “financial” simply means relating to financiers or finance – related to money matters. When paired with the word literacy, it refers to a person’s understanding of things related to finances. This can include budgeting, personal finances, and investing. Basically, financial literacy means understanding the body of knowledge that allows people to make sound financial plans and decisions.
Below, we answer some questions about Financial Literacy Month, including:
- When did this annual tradition start?
- What is the goal of having a month dedicated to financial literacy?
- Why is learning about this helpful?
When Did Financial Literacy Month Start?
In 2003, the US Senate passed a resolution designating April Financial Literacy Month. Later, in 2016, the name was changed to National Financial Capability Month. The goal was to commit resources enabling Americans to obtain trustworthy and impartial education regarding finances, financial services, and other similar topics or products.¹
Each year, the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy announces a new theme for the month. In 2023, the theme is “Investing for everyone.”
Even if you aren’t currently interested in investing, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn about it so that you will be educated on the topic and prepared to make sound financial decisions in the future.
What Is Financial Literacy Month?
If you are still asking “What is financial literacy month?” MaxLend can help. Regional offices of the SEC promote National Financial Capability Month in their areas. They do this by hosting outreach events, a Facebook Live event with AARP, and many other events across the nation, including some focused on helping high school students and others created especially for members of the military.²
What if you are unable to attend these events in person? That shouldn’t be a problem. Many of these events are recorded and posted. You can view them and improve your financial literacy when it’s convenient for you.
Why Is Financial Literacy Important?
There are many reasons why financial literacy is essential. Here are some:
- Help avoid scams: The more you know about finances, the more aware you are of money and spending. This means it may be easier to recognize scams designed to take advantage of you.
- Gives you confidence: Learning about different aspects of your finances helps give you confidence to manage them well and improve the financial stability of your life. Developing a sound base in your financial literacy is a confidence booster.
- Assists you in making informed decisions: What you don’t know CAN hurt you. The more financially literate you are, the more resilient you may be in challenging monetary situations.
Learning About Financial Literacy Awareness Month With MaxLend
Now that you know that April is National Financial Capability Month, or Financial Literacy Awareness Month, maybe it’s time to look at your own financial situation. Maybe you’re about to be behind in your bills, or you are looking to avoid overdraft fees with your bank. Whatever reason you have for needing a little extra cash, MaxLend may be able to help.
Sometimes expenses pop up out of the blue. These could be unforeseen car repair bills, unexpected veterinary bills, or even repairs to your home sweet home. If this has happened to you, why not apply for a personal loan with MaxLend?
MaxLend offers cash loans that can be used for many different expenses. These loans are alternative solutions to payday loans. In the same way that we’ve helped thousands of others, we may be able to help you. It’s easy to get started now and apply for cash online.
If you want to learn more about how our loans work or get answers to some additional questions, go to our website or call MaxLend at 877-936-4336. There are other benefits to taking out quick cash loans with MaxLend, including the MaxLend Preferred Rewards program. If you qualify for a loan, you also may be eligible for Same Day Funding.* Get started and apply today.
1 – Dept of Higher Education and Workforce Development – Financial Literacy Month
2 – SEC – SEC to Highlight Free Investor Education Resources During Financial Capability Month
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