If you are not sure what financial literacy is, then you are not alone. Many Americans are unable to define what it is, and there are a whole bunch of folks who cannot understand how to even go about learning about financial literacy. According to statistics, 56% of Americans surveyed thought that they were only somewhat financially literate, while 15% said that they were not very financially literate at all.
So what is financial literacy? In 2008, the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy defined it as "the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being." This is not just being able to add up your expenses every month or balance your accounts or checkbook. We are talking skills and an understanding of how your finances work and how to plan for the future as well. Most people want to be financially stable.  In fact, 26% of adults say that they are stressed about money most, if not all of the time. If this is the case, something has to change. Folks need to be more financially literate and get closer to feeling financial well-being.
Learning to be financially literate is the best way to make sure you have control of your finances. If you remember the old saying that knowledge is power, then you will realize that being able to know how money works and more importantly, how to make it work for you, is invaluable. If you have no knowledge or understanding of finances, then taking a finance course or reading up online and getting as much information as you can is a good start.
Getting advice from a professional is one thing, but actually understanding every nuance of what they are telling you is difficult if you do not understand how interest works or how an investment works or grows over time and when and how you will be able to access your money.  If you are not financially literate or stable, you will end up being like one of the almost 80% of over 2,000 people surveyed by the National Foundation of Credit Counseling in Washington who said they lose sleep over money stress.
Get as much knowledge as you can to be able to help make certain that your financial future is under your control and not keeping you awake at night and stressing you out.
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