Featured Financial Literacy Program to Highlight California Financial Literacy Month – April 2012
The CAFLM Blog will feature financial literacy programs in March and April to highlight California Financial Literacy Month, April 2012. To feature your financial literacy program, see the CAFLM Blog post dated January 31, 2012.
Today we are highlighting…
Pacific Service Credit Union’s Financial Education Blog
Featured PSCU blog: Young Adults and Money 101
Recent reports have the U.S. unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds hovering around 50%. The New York Post called them the “dead end kids.” The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the economy is the top concern among 18- to 29-year olds. And I must admit, while reading the New York Times article about young adults moving back in with Mom and Dad, it sounded pretty familiar.
As a father of a recent college graduate, I know firsthand the realities facing our youth today. Among the employment challenges that plague this generation, there is the additional complication of establishing savings and credit. How do young adults build credit to buy for their first car? Prepare for their first home?
That’s where we come in. Using feedback from member focus groups of young adults and their parents, we have developed age-specific programs to get young adults started. Our goal is simple: we want to provide financial products and services that fit their lifestyle – without overcomplicating the process and overcharging them for their banking relationship.
Here’s how Pacific Service CU can help.
I think it’s important to teach our children and grandchildren to save. Every member has a savings account that pays interest with a $100 minimum balance. However, for our young adults ages 23 and under, we’ve taken it a step further. We lowered the minimum balance for a certificate account from $1,000 to $100 to make it easier for them to maximize their earnings. We also encourage them to save by adding an extra $5 when they deposit their birthday money with us.
Our FirstStep Checking account was created for members 23 and under. It features no minimum balance requirement, no monthly fees and ATM fee reimbursement up to $3 per transaction and $12 per month. And it still has all the “frees” of our regular checking accounts like a Visa Check Card, online banking, eStatements and bill pay.
Visa Platinum Starter Card
As adults, we know the importance of building a positive credit history. Working in the financial services industry, I know how important building good credit is to achieving financial goals. You can believe my son has heard the lecture a hundred times. That’s why we developed our Visa Platinum Starter Card program featuring an initial $500 credit limit and no annual fee. The limit is low enough to manage for first-timers while they build a positive credit history.
First-Time Car Loan
Buying a car is in every young adult’s future. They imagine color, style and speed, but they also need to consider a low rate and an affordable monthly payment. That’s where we come in. Using a parent co-signer may help them qualify for our lowest rates. That’s a huge benefit and a rare opportunity.
Our kids have challenges ahead – affordable financial services shouldn’t be one of them. Check out our website devoted to our young adult members.