Picture this: you're cozily nestled on your couch, mobile device in hand, doing some online shopping. You've stumbled upon that must-have item, effortlessly added it to your cart with just a couple of taps, and entered your shipping info in a breeze. You're on the brink of retail euphoria when you reach the payment section, only to be met with the dreaded card number, expiration date, and CVV fields. But, wait for it... your card is nowhere to be found! It's chilling out in your wallet, which might as well be in Narnia for all the effort it takes to retrieve it. Your couch cocoon feels too comfortable to leave, and you half-jokingly contemplate calling out, "Alexa, fetch my card!" Alas, reality strikes, and you're faced with the daunting prospect of getting up and finding your card. The struggle is real.
Digital payment apps like Cash App, PayPal, and Venmo have gained immense popularity, but it's crucial to be aware of the risks involved in storing your funds on these platforms. Unlike traditional bank accounts, payment apps do not provide federal deposit insurance, leaving your money vulnerable in times of crisis. Recent incidents involving the collapse of banks like Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank, and First Republic Bank have highlighted the need to safeguard your funds.
In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, we'd like to offer up five suggestions on how to make money a fun, applicable, hands-on topic for the youngest members of your household. While many of us view children and finance through the lens of what we’re spending, we don’t often consider the power of our own example.
Recent research from the Filene Research Institute, a thought leader in the Credit Union Movement, has revealed that “more than half of Americans revolve on their credit balances, deflating their credit scores and depleting their savings, especially when they prolong their indebtedness by making smaller monthly payments than they could.”
The holiday season is a time when people are more vulnerable to identity theft scams. Not only are people making more purchases than any other time of year, but they are often distracted when doing so. During the holiday season, stores and shopping malls are bustling with people – especially at peak shopping times during evenings and weekends. When shoppers are focused on their gift lists, looking for bargains, or tending to the kids, attention might not be on security.