Do you consider yourself financially literate? According to a study by S&P Global, 57% of American adults are financially literate, ranking the U.S. 14th in the world. As a way to increase financial understanding, April is considered Financially Literacy month!
Whether you’re a financial guru or consider yourself a newbie, here’s 3 ways to make a difference in your finances this April!
- Pick & Learn: Always wanted to understand how taxes work? Now’s the time to do so! Pick a financial topic and learn as much as you can about it for the month of April! If taxes aren’t your thing, pick another topic such as mortgage, investing, annuities, and the list goes on. While you most likely won’t be an expert, you can feel more confident on your next financial decision!
- See Where You Stand: A lot can change in a year, from a new car payment to moving across the country, April is a great time to see how your unique circumstances have changed. Determine where you stand and see if you need to pivot your finances to better support your journey.
- Create Long-Term Financial Plan: While planning year-to-year when looking at finances is good, creating a long-term financial goal is great. Determine major financial goals such as purchasing a home, assign a cost, and develop a time horizon. Beyond financial goals, look at investments and portfolio volatilities to make sure they coincide with your current and future financial goals.
Financial Literacy Month is a great excuse to take extra time on finances and make sure you are on the right track toward your retirement and lifestyle goals. While these tips are a great start to any planning, speaking with a financial professional will help you get a better understanding of your unique circumstances and what is best for your goals.
Disclosure: This information is provided as general information and is not intended to be specific financial guidance. Before you make any decisions regarding your personal financial situation, you should consult a financial or tax professional to discuss your individual circumstances and objectives.