Good news on UK Financial Capability

A major new study published in August 2016 by the UK’s Money Advice Service highlights that people are changing their financial behaviours and developing positive habits to deal with money matters.

‘The Financial Capability of the UK’  points to evidence of how millions of people are adapting to deal with tough economic times, and working hard to manage their money. It says that 49% of adults are concerned about their finances but the evidence also shows how people have become more diligent  about their money matters and suspicious of financial scams.

67% agree that we are ‘very organised when it comes to managing money’. People are also checking bank statements more carefully – 54% of adults say they regularly check all incomings and outgoings on their bank statements to keep track of their money; and 40% look for suspicious transactions.

Furthermore, 85% of adults say they are saving – always a good sign that people are thinking to the future and being more responsible!


What is your Money Personality Type?

This very ‘non-scientific’ quick quiz has appeared on the ‘Money makes Sense’ Financial literacy website in the UK.  It is targeted specifically at Secondary age students but works for older people too! There are 10 light-hearted questions to answer. When you have completed them it gives you an assessment of your attitude to money.

Why not give it a go by clicking HERE!

Linz FLY Project meeting

The second meeting of the FLY Partnership took place in Linz, Austria on the 16th & 17th April 2015. The FLY Project partners shown here, were involved in wide-ranging discussions related to the progress of the project so far and planning for the future activities and events. The partners also worked on fine-tuning the structure and content of the  E-Course, which is central to the success of the project and its overall target of increasing Financial Literacy in our three target groups.

Does it matters how often your interest rate is calculated or not?

Very often interest rate is declared as percentage on a yearly basis. So does it really matter how often it is calculated during the year or not?

1st case – once per year

While it might seem very complicated stuff it is really simple. Let us do the math in the case when interest rate is calculated once per year. Let’s say we have 1000 euro in a saving account which has an interest rate of 2% yearly. After one year the interest our account would have accumulated will be 1000+(1000×2%) equals 1000+1000×0.02 = 1000 + 20 = 1020 euro. In other words, after one year and interest rate calculated at the end of the year our account has earned 20 euro and the money available in the account will be 1020 euro.

2nd case – once per month
We take the same initial conditions – 1000 euro in the saving account with a yearly interest rate of 2%. Interest rate is calculated on a monthly base. In one year we have 12 months so the MONTHLY interest rate will be 2% divided by 12 or in mathematical representation 0.02/12 = 0.00166666 which we could simplify at 0.002. That is 0.2% monthly. So the interest rate is calculated monthly and the calculations are:
1st month: 1000+1000×0.002 = 1000+2=1002
2nd month: 1002+1002×0.002=1002+2.004=1004
3rd month: 1004+1004×0.002=1004+2.008=1006.01
4th month: 1006.01+1006.01×0.002 = 1006.01+2.012 = 1008.02
11th month: 1020.18+1020.18×0.002 = 1020.18+2.0404 = 1022.22
12th month: 1022.22+1022.22×0.002 = 1022.22+2.0444=1024.27

In this case if we compute the interest rate on a monthly basis the same saving account would have generated 24.27 euro for one year compared with the 20 euro in the 1st case or 4.27 euro more on a yearly basis. That is roughly 20 percent more earnings.

As a conclusion: The more often the interest rate is calculated the higher the earnings at the end of the year will be. That is due to the compound effect accumulating over each calculation, as the interest rate is calculated over a higher amount that includes the interest earned the previous sub-period (in the second case it is a month). You can easily make the calculation if the interest rate is calculated on a weekly basis using the same initial conditions.

Try the three question test of financial literacy!

This interesting test of Financial Literacy comes from the Wall Street Journal.

They ask: Are you—or your spouse or your teen or your parents—among the financially illiterate?

Find out by answering these three questions which are based on a quiz  that two US University professors have been using for years to assess individuals’ basic financial literacy level!

1. Suppose you had €100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After five years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow?

  • A. More than €102
  • B. Exactly €102
  • C. Less than €102

2. Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account was 1% per year and inflation was 2% per year. After one year, how much would you be able to buy with the money in this account?

  • A. More than today
  • B. Exactly the same
  • C. Less than today

3. Please tell me whether this statement is true or false: “Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.”

  • True
  • False

Read the  full story here 

In a survey of Americans over the age of 50, only half could answer the first two of the above questions correctly. Only one-third got all three right.

The correct answers are shown below.

How did you get on?

 Correct Answers: A – C – False