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21
Apr

Money Trust

Money can be scary. And happy, sad, shameful, generous, joyful, and lacking. But money is seldom rational — no matter how much we understand its potential — especially when we need it to be. Both scary markets and exciting markets cause people to do silly things, like buy high and sell low. Similarly, buying or …

7
Apr

Equal Pay…Day?

Equal pay. When I think about this idea, it is hard to believe we are still talking about it in the U.S. in the 21st century. But the fact is, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, in the U.S. women earn about 81 cents on the dollar compared to men. I have also seen …

31
Mar

Money Month

We are coming up on what is beginning to seem like the Money Month. April is best-known financially in the U.S. as the month when taxes are due. April is also now Financial Literacy Month. It is an interesting, potentially powerful, combination as completing tax forms typically means a review of one’s financial behavior from …

24
Mar

Why Economics?

By Natasha Ansari By some accounts, women receive only 29% of bachelor’s degrees in economics each year. So why did I choose to step outside the gender stereotype and major in economics at Mt. Holyoke College? I chose economics, not just because of sound earning potential and it being hailed as a “lucrative” major, but …

17
Mar

The Millennial Threat

By all accounts, the Millennial generation is struggling financially. Studies released recently about the Millennials — defined generally as the approximately 80 million Americans born between 1978 and 1994 — show pretty grim statistics related to financial understanding, current wealth, and possibilities for the future.  Recent disturbing financial headlines about this closely watched generation include …

10
Mar

Are We Rich?

I hear from many parents that the question “Are we rich?” comes up from kids of all ages. And for many parents, it is a challenge to answer. The “rich” question is a challenge to answer because the concept of “rich” is relative and subjective. Rich compared to whom? Rich in what way? Some experts …

3
Mar

What Women Want

What do women want when it comes to understanding money? As women gain economic power and status, more and more focus is being placed on how to reach and engage them financially. Because studies show that when it comes to money management, women are not getting what they want. I do a lot of research, …

24
Feb

Financial Education = Global Change?

Financial Nutrition is excited to introduce Natasha Ansari, who is authoring today’s Financial Nutrition blog post. Natasha is our Research and Communications Associate, and you will see her in this space more often in the future! By Natasha Ansari Financial education is catching on around the world! As I review financial education research for Financial …

17
Feb

Give It Up For Math!

Math? Why do we care? The more work I do with financial education and all different types of groups, the more I see the importance of a comfort and facility with math in a deeper understanding of financial concepts and behaviors. There is the big-picture understanding of money — knowing that it is important to …

27
Jan

DO Try This At Home

Teaching kids about money can be a serious challenge for families. One of the most common problems I hear from parents is that it is difficult to teach something so abstract. Meaning, because kids  do not take out mortgages and credit cards, they do not have the actual experience of taking financial responsibility, going through …

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