Millennials and Financial Literacy

Just read this article in USA Today about young people that have graduated from college and are flying through life with little knowledge of personal finance. It doesn’t surprise me because this article just came out from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) that ranks each state in two categories: knowledge of personal finance concepts and application of those concepts in everyday life.

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The parental instinct to provide for your children can actually be detrimental to preparing them to be financially independent. Beacham says it’s an “unintended consequence” that leaves adult children unprepared to handle their own finances. “You feel like a good parent if you’re taking care of your child,” she says. “(But) the reason kids on college campuses don’t know anything about money is because they have no skin in the game because their parents are still paying. Their child is going to pay a much higher price for the lack of experience and knowledge they have on graduation day.”

So what can parents do to help students learn about personal finance? Take advantage of teachable moments, attend events that reinforce financial education principles, and provide resources to help students understand personal finance concepts.


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