In the past I’ve been one to account some of New Zealand’s economic woes (high consumer spending, high consumer debt, dodgy investing practices et al) to a lack of financial literacy. I’ve posted about it a few times like here and here and here and here!

Well blow me down with a feather, in my inbox this morning was news of;

the release of the new school curriculum which incorporates a strengthened focus on developing students’ financial capability.

Securities Commission (the crowd behind the initiative) member Annabel Cotton says the Look Learn Invest website “draws a lot of material together in one place”.

“It’s covering the basics of what we think smart investors do before they commit their money.”

The site can be seen here.

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  • Unfortunately their expertise is limited:

    “When you invest the bank uses your money to lend to someone else at a higher rate of interest than they are paying you”

    This is, of course, completely untrue. Bank’s create money into existence via loans.

    This type of website is useful to a point but not what you are really talking about.

    We need to teach children about money, its origins, uses, forms and processes. Teaching them about financial “products” is like teaching a child to do cartwheels before it can crawl.

    There is very little explanation of default or credit issues or how financial institutions actually operate.

    I am looking forward to seeing what they propose to teach children in the new curriculum!

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