The name of the New York Times article is “What You Think You Know About Money, but Don’t, Can Hurt You”. I prefer to be more blunt: You are not as financially smart as you think you are.
The Finra Investment Foundation does a long-term, ongoing study on the public’s financial literacy. The 2016 study has just been released.
People are far more financially vulnerable than they believe they are. Fewer people got the answers the same five questions correct this year; this is a continued trend. Conversely, 76% of subjects gave themselves a “very high” rating on financial knowledge. This percentage continues to increase.
I have no idea whether these trends correlate to increasing income inequality, decreasing educational levels or overall hard times.
This behavior correlates well with the denial I’ve faced for over 25 years. When I ask people with good jobs and lots to lose, who know me, who like me, who recognize my competence, ethics and sincerity, whether they’ll have a conversation with me about long-term care planning odds and options, my invitation is usually declined.
The Finra study proves to me that we are going to have millions upon millions of people who need long-term care and are woefully unprepared for it. Because of this, many people will suffer unnecessary loss of dignity, family discord and sacrifice, and financial ruin.