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[SOS] Secretary Lawson urges parents to talk to their kids about money during Financial Literacy Month
Start Date: 4/2/2014 All Day
End Date: 4/2/2014
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April is National Financial Literacy Month

INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2014) — Secretary of State Connie Lawson is highlighting National Financial Literacy Month by encouraging parents to talk to their children about money. Most adults report they learned their financial skills from their parents or were self-taught but only 26 percent of 13-21 year olds surveyed said their parents taught them how to manage money. Parents who talk with their kids about finances give their children a strong foundation to understand how to use money and credit wisely so they will be financially fit as adults and less likely to stress about financial burdens.

“Forty-one percent of U.S. Adults, or more than 92 million people living in America, gave themselves a grade of C, D or F on their knowledge of personal finance, leaving substantial room for improvement.” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “We must teach our children about money so they understand saving, investing and credit. Financial literacy empowers them to make wise choices when spending their hard-earned money, improves their quality of life and enables them to meet their financial goals as adults.”

Parents should start the conversation by talking to their kids about the basics such as how earning money works, how to save and how to budget. Parents can access information and tools to get the conversation started for free through the Secretary of State’s Indiana Investment Watch program online at www.indianainvestmentwatch.com. Parents can also access information for themselves on the basics of budgeting, debt management, investment advice and retirement planning. Information is available for Hoosiers at every stage of life and at all levels of financial education. 

 

Secretary Lawson will also offer financial literacy tips on Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest all month.

National Financial Literacy Month was established to help Americans learn to make wise investments and improve financial literacy skills.  The Indiana Secretary of State’s Securities Division created Indiana Investment Watch to increase financial literacy in Hoosiers and to educate them about the various types of securities fraud.  The program is not funded by taxpayers, but rather comes from fines imposed on violators of securities laws.

Contact Information:
Name: Valerie Kroeger
Phone: 317-233-8655
Email: vkroeger@sos.in.gov
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