On behalf of our team at Investor Education Fund (IEF), I want to share our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a good start to the new year.
For us, 2012 was exciting, positive and productive. Among other things, we accomplished
- Saw a new financial literacy curriculum (developed with direct input from IEF) introduced into Ontario classrooms (grades 4 to 12); IEF hosted the summer institute for teachers
- Launched InspireFinancialLearning.ca to support teachers in the classroom
- Organized and held the first (highly successful) Financial Literacy Youth Summit at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts for 600 high school students and opened the TSX for trading as part of Financial Literacy Month
- Released the 2012 Benchmarking Financial Knowledge survey and found that only 36% of Ontarians get a basic passing grade on their knowledge of financial literacy
- Shared 8 Universal Truths about your money to help you quickly learn
- Posted the new compound interest calculator to show how an investment grows over time through compound interest
- Debuted the ninth episode of the Cranial Cash Clash – Gift Thrift – just before the holidays to help consumers spend their dollars more wisely for special occasions
I also want to acknowledge IEF’s Masters of Money who continued to write and post helpful and interesting blogs throughout the year, providing you with useful and timely information based on their expertise.
It is your search for “straight answers to your money questions” that makes what we do worthwhile. And it’s the opportunity to build on financial literacy education efforts that
We hope the new year is happy and meaningful for you and that it brings you what you wish for. As for IEF, our wish and pledge list is very focused.
- We hope to see the expected appointment of the federal financial literacy “czar” made; it will spur progress on a national level
- We will support the designated months for fraud prevention (March) and financial literacy (November), so we can help Canadians protect themselves from harm and become better
- We will continue to make GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca the best financial and investor education website available to Canadians
- We will work to build on the number of teachers using InspireFinancialLearning.ca and the
best-quality financial teaching resources available in Ontario
- We will continue to be innovative and creative in how we reach Canadians and will seek to maximize value for money in everything we do.
Overall, for 2013, we aim to keep raising the bar when it comes to financial literacy. If you agree with that new year’s pledge, please add your thoughts to the comment field about how we can reach the next level of financial literacy.
That’s my take. What’s yours?
President of IEF