Ask Amy: How Do I Talk About Money at Home?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. Just like with other difficult and personal topics, often it’s hardest for parents just to begin the conversation. A frequent question I am asked is, “When should I start talking to my kids about money, and how do I have that conversation?” My …

So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur?

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Each month we take one financial concept and offer our customers a deep dive.  In recent months we’ve worked through needs versus wants, talked about investing, and explored budgeting.  Now we’re taking a step back to include a concept that Young Americans is exploring and growing into.  July’s Concept of the Month is Entrepreneurship! Getting started Each year Young Americans …

Investing in Bulls or Bears

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At Young Americans, we focus a lot of saving.  We talk about “paying yourself first” and we give suggestions for breaking out your paycheck into separate buckets. One thing that we don’t talk as much about is investing, but it’s something we get a lot of questions about.  This month’s Concept of the Month is all about investing.  I hope …

Ask Amy: How Do I Budget with My Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. A budget is one of the most important tools individuals and families can have to guide their money use and financial conversations. So often, parents are caught up in the daily grind of work, whipping up meals, taking kids to activities, and ensuring …

Do You Need It? Or Just Want It?

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Each month, we take one financial concept and dive in deep.  We offer resources, activities and worksheets to help reinforce that concept.  In May, we’re talking about the difference between needs and wants. For most young children, parents take care of the basic necessities of life.  Kids are fed, clothed, and have a place to live.  When the basics are …

10 Reasons More Classrooms Need Personal Financial Literacy Lessons

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The nation dedicates the month of April to promoting financial literacy. Financial institutions across the country are offering short quizzes, providing resources, and drawing attention to the need for widespread money lessons in schools. Some parents may be asking, “With all the concepts that teachers have to focus on – math, geography, history and more – why should personal financial …

A Class for Not-So-Young Americans

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Young Americans has a new initiative – aimed at “Not-So-Young” Americans — parents! We recognize that parents are a crucial part of the community that teaches youth to be financially responsible.  That’s why we’ve recently started to offer a series of parent classes throughout Denver. In partnership with Great-West Great Teachers, a program of Great-West Life, Young Americans is encouraging …

Need Help? Small Business Resources (Part 1)

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OK, you have a business idea.  Good!  Even if it’s a bit vague, it’s a great start. Now what? What’s the next step?  Do you need a website? How will customers find your products? How will customers PAY for your products?  How will you even find those customers so they CAN pay for your products? Small business resources Don’t worry …