Financial literacy, or the ability to make informed and educated decisions about financial resources, is something that can be difficult to learn. However, becoming financially literate can help anyone who wants to take their money and see it grow, and that includes newcomers to the country.
Curious about how educating newcomers about financial literacy can help improve outcomes for immigrant communities? Read on to learn the top four ways it can do so.
1. Helps Create Stability
One of the most important parts of becoming financially literate is the ability to budget. Budgeting takes into account money that is coming in, money that is being spent, money that is being invested, and money that is being given away. If one can keep all four of these amounts in mind, then one can be financially stable, and that stability lends itself to having less stress and more time taking part in your community. As such, the immigrant community can grow by becoming financially stable and can learn how better to fit into the financial system of their new country.
2. Can Introduce Investing in Immigrant Companies
The previous point mentioned investing, which is one of the more complicated parts of finances. However, becoming financially literate enough to know how to invest in stocks, and therefore companies, can help the immigrant community grow. If you are financially literate enough to invest in the stocks of, say, a fledgling company from your previous country that now finds its home in the same country you do, you can vastly improve not only your own financial standing but theirs as well. Helping a new business flourish is something those that are financially literate can do without worrying that they’ll leave themselves in a troubling financial situation, after all.
3. Opens up the Possibility of Borrowing
Even those who are not new to a country can become intimidated by the thought of borrowing money. However, if you are financially stable through your knowledge of financial literacy, borrowing money becomes easy. With that money, you could grow your own business—which can then help the immigrant community grow in turn—or can even take to giving that money to the community in other ways that you see fit.
4. Lets You Plan for the Future
Financial literacy lets you gain the knowledge you need to make your money go farther, and that includes into the future. Whether it be retirement planning for you or planning for your children’s futures, knowing how best to use your money can help anyone, and that includes newcomers to the country. The best part about planning for your future though is that you are also planning for the future of the immigrant community in your country: becoming a “success story” yourself can lead to many more success stories and opportunities for newcomers along the way, creating a vibrant community that can grow and thrive in your new country.