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Community Development

Community Investments Vol 21, Issue 2
Financial Education for a Stable Financial Future

Author(s): Laura Choi

Summer 2009

Community Investments

Whether for lack of knowledge, resources, or self-control, far too many Americans are struggling with their personal finances. A recent survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling finds that 41 percent of U.S. adults gave themselves a grade of C, D, or F on their knowledge of personal finance and 26 percent admitted to not paying all of their bills on time (among African-Americans, this figure jumps to 51 percent); one in three adults reported no savings. Among those between the ages of 18 and 34, almost half reported that they did not have any savings.

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