2022 has been a year of review and reflection for our Coalition. The year, if viewed through a personal finance lens, has been a time of adjustment to economic forces. We are all, in some way, affected by current conditions in our economy. But challenges can bring unexpected opportunities.
In a November 2022 address to California business leaders in Orange County, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank president, Dr. Mary Daly, considered the challenge of inflation; “High inflation feels unfamiliar to many of us. Before the pandemic, the United States had enjoyed almost four decades of low and stable prices, with inflation fluctuating only modestly between expansions and downturns.” In her address, she goes on to explain the multiple forces that moved our economy to this point, while expressing the Fed’s challenge but its resolve to “navigate back to price stability.”
A key money lesson for children is about investing. The earlier you invest, the more time you have for your money to grow. By understanding investing we can hope to help individuals save for retirement, large purchases, or help secure short- and long-term financial goals. In the last few years, we’ve seen big growth in stock and real estate investments. In the last few months we’re seeing major growth in inflation, for the first time in a while. Both are important reasons to build a long term investment plan. And teach our youth these ideas.
With this month's topic of "Understanding Credit" we address using credit wisely. Credit can be a flexible and convenient way to purchase goods over time. However, if not used responsibly, you incur fees and negative consequences.
On September 1st the National Jump$tart Coalition brought together state coalition leaders and financial education partner organizations in Washington D.C. to reflect and share the practices making a difference in our classrooms and communities.
Insurance plays an important role in sound financial planning and is an important part of financial education.
It’s time to buy new clothes, classroom supplies, and maybe a laptop now that it is time to return to school! However, before you start spending money, take some time to create a budget and implement shopping strategies.
In celebration of Independence Day, we’re highlighting financial independence – with an emphasis on money management. Being financially independent allows you to use the money you have today to live the life you want, and it all begins with how you earn each dollar.
As stated last month, AB 2215 passed through every Committee and Floor of the Assembly and was full-steam-ahead moving into the Senate. This is a great sign that California is seriously considering providing personal financial education for our students. However, we had to accept substantial amendments that moved the bill away from our original vision of creating a permanent, sustaining private-public partnership to act as a steward over Financial Literacy curricula/program and a resource to schools/teachers.