Jul 12, 2021 • 3M

Financial Education Is A National Emergency

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To investors,

The lack of financial education should be a national emergency in the United States. Only about 50% of states require high schools to teach students personal finance and there are many statistics that point out just how financially illiterate our society is currently:

  • More than 53% of adults say thinking about their financial situation makes them anxious (source)

  • 44% of adults say discussing their finances is stressful (source)

  • About 66% of American families don’t have savings that are equivalent to 6 weeks of expenses (source)

  • 78% of adults live paycheck-to-paycheck (source)

  • 80% of young people (people under the age of 35 years old) couldn’t answer majority of financial literacy questions accurately (source)

  • 54% of millennials are concerned about their student loan debt (source)… there is currently over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt

  • Less than 20% of adults feel confident in their savings habits (source)

These are just some of the statistics that highlight how bad the problem has become. There are plenty more. Here is the craziest part in my opinion — most people believe they will never be able to build a life of wealth because they don’t inherit anything and they don’t have a large salary.

While counterintuitive, here is what the data says:

  • Approximately 80% of millionaires inherited $0

  • 33% of millionaires never made $100,000 in a single year

The truth is that you can build a life of wealth by simply being educated and having a disciplined approach. It is easy to learn, but obviously difficult to execute.

It has become more apparent over the years that our school systems are not going to solve this financial education problem. Rather than waste time complaining about the lack of change, my brothers and I have decided to do something about it.

Today we are launching The Best Business Show, which we hope will become the most entertaining way for people to learn about business, finance, and investing. Simply, it is the business show that we wish we had when we were learning. Here is the announcement video:

The idea here is that we will livestream for 2 hours every weekday from 11am to 1p EST. We’ll explain what is happening in business and investing, why it is happening, how it impacts the average person, and explain various timeless investing principles.

We aren’t journalists. We will leave that important job to the real professionals. We are simply three guys who educated ourselves over the years and have been able to build a nice life through those acquired skills. Now we’re going to share that information with young people by bringing it to them on the platforms that they are already on.

The internet is powerful. We don’t need a cable news network and we don’t need to ask permission from anyone. With just an internet connection, we can create what we believe will become the largest business show in the world. It won’t be easy. It will take a lot of hard work. But it is the single most impactful thing we can think to do in an effort to make an impact on this pervasive problem.

It would be awesome to see you there each day as we build this :) Hope each of you has a great day. I’ll talk to everyone tomorrow.

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Gagan Biyani is the co-founder and CEO of Maven, a new platform for cohort-based courses. He was a co-founder of Udemy, a large online education company, and was co-founder and CEO of Sprig, a food delivery company.

In this conversation, Gagan and I discuss:

  • online education

  • cohort-based courses

  • building a startup

  • importance of focus

  • scaling platforms

  • Bitcoin & crypto course

  • what students want from online education

I really enjoyed this conversation with Gagan. Hopefully you enjoy it too.


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