JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick today kicked off Financial Literacy Month announcing plans to promote financial best practices as well as state savings programs throughout April. Financial Literacy Month is intended to recognize and promote healthy financial habits.
Treasurer Fitzpatrick will give a variety of presentations, traveling across the state discussing steps Missourians can take to improve their financial habits. Additionally, the Office will provide tips and useful resources on its social media platforms.
“Today may be April Fool’s Day, but financial literacy is no joke,” Treasurer Fitzpatrick said. “Across the country more and more individuals are not saving for the future. We must start important conversations about the need for saving, planning, and understanding personal financial health. I am looking forward to visiting Missourians across the state to highlight this issue and encourage making smart financial choices now.”
The Treasurer’s Office administers two savings programs—MOST 529, the state’s education savings plan, and MO ABLE, a savings program for people with disabilities. Additionally, the Office administers Missouri FIRST, the state’s linked deposit program which works with eligible financial institutions to provide low interest loans to small businesses and the agriculture community. The Financial Literacy Portal on the Treasurer’s Office website provides useful information about finance-related topics including credit, investing, and budgeting.