Financial Planning

Americans failing the personal finance test

DebtStill wondering why CPAs are spending so much time promoting the concept of financial literacy? It's because, in the words of this CNNMoney article, Americans are "financially illiterate."

We knew the situation was bad, but the article indicates the problem could be worse than first thought. "Even those with a college degree don't have an understanding of the basic finance ideas," Dartmouth College economics professor Annamaria Lusardi told author Catherine Clifford.

How bad is it? Overall credit card debt soared by more than 300 percent from 1989 to 2006, and the percentage of people who are late on their credit-card payments is at a three-year high, according to this CNN article.

The good news (if you can call it that) is that opportunities abound for CPAs to make a difference in the lives of debt-strapped individuals. These resources can help you spread the financial literacy message.

What's the worst personal finance story you've ever heard?


Bill Sheridan