Test Your Financial Literacy

By Janet Siroto · February 26, 2024 · 5 minute read

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Test Your Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a way of saying that you have a good working knowledge of the basics of managing money and using it to reach your goals. It typically means you understand budgeting; you know how different financial products can help you protect and grow your cash; and you are aware of how the financial climate (from inflation to interest rates) can impact your personal situation.

Building financial literacy is a valuable move because it helps you achieve goals like saving for the down payment on a house, affording your kid’s college costs, and being prepared for retirement.

Read on to take a financial literacy quiz, learn more about financial literacy, and find out how to build it.

Why Financial Literacy Is Important

Higher levels of financial literacy have been consistently linked to responsible money management. This can help consumers:

•   Avoid high-cost debt

•   Plan for financial goals

•   Avoid defaulting on mortgages

•   Build an emergency savings fund

•   Earn higher interest on investments

Boosting your financial literacy can be a great way to be confident that you have the information and insight you need to manage your finances well, today and tomorrow.

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Are You Financially Literate?

If you feel as if you are not fully financially literate, it might be a case of not having focused on this aspect of your life. After all, financial literacy isn’t usually a part of the curriculum in high school or college.

Also, age plays a factor in financial literacy. The younger you are, the less money know-how you are likely to have. One recent study found that Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012) had less financial savvy than Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers. Which could be understandable: The younger a person is, the less likely it can be that they’ve gone mortgage shopping, waded deeply into retirement planning, or researched health insurance.

Typically, financial literacy based on such key components of this type of knowledge as:

•   Knowing how to create an effective budget so that you’re aware of and accountable for where your money is going

•   Understanding how interest works when you save and invest, as well as how it works when you borrow, including the concept of compound interest

•   Saving, whether that means for emergencies or for a specific goal, such as a big-ticket item or even a house

•   Knowing the facts about credit card debt, managing your debt well, and avoiding the credit card debt roller-coaster

•   Protecting your identity and otherwise using practices to safeguard your funds

•   Investing wisely, and understanding how the average stock market return

Financial Literacy Quiz

Educating Yourself

If you’ve taken our quiz, the financial literacy questions will likely have helped you to pinpoint if you need to bolster your understanding of money matters.

Financial topics can be challenging, but fortunately, there are plenty of resources to help you increase your knowledge. Your bank may have a library of information as well as tools and calculators to help you do some number crunching and give you a better picture of your finances.

Your local library and book retailers, as well as financial magazines and websites, probably have plenty of information too. It can be a smart move to veer towards those publications that are well-regarded vs. following, say, an influencer without credentials but a lot of lofty promises on social media.

Podcasts, newsletters, and continuing-ed classes are other options. It can also make good sense to find a financial planner, who can walk you through your own unique challenges and opportunities.

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Government Resources for Building Financial Literacy

There are also government resources, including those available at the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), connected to the Treasury Department. This commission was founded to boost literacy.

Another government site, one created by FLEC, is dedicated to financial education: MyMoney.gov . This site provides practical information about each of what they call the five building blocks for money management (MyMoney Five), which are:

•   Earn: Understand your pay and benefits to make the most out of what you earn.

•   Save and Invest: Start as soon as you can to save for future goals, even if you need to begin by saving small amounts.

•   Protect: Create an emergency savings fund, choose the right insurance for your needs, and otherwise take precautions to protect your finances.

•   Spend: Shop around and compare prices and products to get a good value on purchases, especially with larger ones.

•   Borrow: Borrowing allows you to make essential purchases and also helps you to build credit, so it makes sense to understand how to borrow in the smartest way possible for your situation.

You can also access the government resource known as Federal Reserve Education , which provides resources for educators and students alike, while also empowering consumers to boost their understanding of banking. Topics include central banking and monetary policy, economics/macroeconomics, our government’s role in money regulation, personal finances, and more.

Here’s one more financial literacy resource from the federal government: FDIC’s Money Smart . This program provides resources to help people learn how to improve their financial management skills, from computer-based educational games to podcasts that focus on saving and borrowing.

Another Way to Gain Financial Literacy

Another way to help with your financial literacy is to opt for a banking partner that delivers insight into your spending and saving.

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