Being a ‘thief of your own wallet’ is how the Dutch describe those who overspend and thereby undermine their financial wellbeing. A new study by Olivia S. Mitchell, Wharton Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Applied Economics/Policy and Director of the Pension Research Council, coauthored by Annamaria Lusardi of George Washington University, shows that we all do this, not just the Dutch!
Many Americans lack an understanding of interest rates, inflation, and diversification. Without proper financial knowledge, people make poor informed financial decisions. Unsurprisingly, this leads them to undertake more borrowing, engage in less saving, and overspend on fees.
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