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April 2017

American Jewelry & Loan's Financial Literacy Seminar

April is Financial Literacy Month: Resources from Greenpath Financial Wellness

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April is Financial Literacy Month and American Jewelry and Loan is proud to partner with Junior Achievement, Operation Hope, and Greenpath Financial Wellness, to offer Financial Literacy workshops for our customers. Learn more about upcoming events HERE.

From our partners at Greenpath Financial Wellness, here are five quick tips to help you on the path to financial wellness this year.

1. Open a separate savings account to force yourself to build an emergency savings fund. Make it separate from your main financial institution, with no ATM card, so you will be forced to go into a branch to withdraw money.

2. Educate yourself. Check out some books on personal finance or subscribe to a magazine or personal finance blog.*

3. Pull your credit score and report. A good way to start the year is to find out exactly where you stand financially. Download your credit report (one free each year from each of the three main reporting bureaus) at www.annualcreditreport.com.

4. Plan ahead. Get in the habit each night of preparing for the next day: Packing lunches, prepping breakfast and dinner.  That way you will not be tempted to buy convenience food on the run, because you are rushed.

5. Unsubscribe. Remove the temptation of impulse buying online by unsubscribing from retail email.  This can take some time, but, ultimately, you will save time and money by not being bombarded with emails “deals”, tempting you to buy.

Read the full article at www.greenpath.com. 

Click HERE to RSVP for our Financial Literacy Workshop in Pontiac!

 

American Jewelry & Loan's Financial Literacy Seminar

Financial Literacy Workshop coming to Pontiac

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In October 2016, American Jewelry and Loan was proud to host a Financial Literacy workshop that’s the first of its kind in the nation. In partnership with Junior Achievement, Operation Hope, and Greenpath Financial Wellness, the aim was to help people understand how to make smart decisions about money. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

Now, a new workshop date and location is being announced. On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, American Jewelry and Loan will host a Financial Literacy workshop for Alternative Lending customers from 5-7 pm at their Pontiac Location. That store is located at 546 North Telegraph Road in Pontiac. (Click HERE to RSVP)

The workshop will teach attendees “good habits that build good lives,” said Margaret Trimer-Hartley, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Michigan, which is one of the groups hosting the workshop.

“We’re trying to just raise awareness,” she said, and “we’re doing it at an earlier age.”

Trimer-Hartley said financial literacy can be taught through explaining investment strategies as simple as opening a savings or checking account.

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., 7 percent of Americans did not have a bank account as of June 2015.

Without a bank account, households are often left with no choice but to turn to check-cashing services and other non-traditional methods to make transactions most Americans see as routine. Others often take loans that dive-bomb their credit scores because the terms of the loans aren’t often clear or easy to understand.

The workshop aims to mitigate some of those problems.

American Jewelry and Loan and its partners hope to bridge a gap he sees between his customers and people who turn to banks for loans. “My customers don’t have access to the traditional banking system,” he said. “Our customers deserve the same opportunities as everybody else … An informed customer is a better customer.”

His family has had a pawn shop in Detroit since the 1940s. Gold said the workshop stems from conversations he had with the Detroit Chamber of Commerce at the Mackinac Policy Conference over the summer, where financial literacy was often talked about.

He intends to define the difference between a loan from a pawn shop and loans from banks and other agencies that, if not paid back, can damage someone’s credit.

Trimer-Hartley said the workshop will touch on investment options, teach the importance of saving for retirement, of health insurance, and will help attendees understand the difference between renting and buying homes and the importance of good credit.

Having a checking or savings account is considered a cornerstone of financial stability in the U.S. Without one, households must rely on check-cashing services, prepaid debit cards and other costly ways to pay bills and make routine transactions. But the situation is improving: For every 10 households that were unbanked in 2013, one of those households is now banked.

While the gains were modest, the results of the survey from the FDIC offered an encouraging sign. The FDIC report was the most recent piece of data showing that the economic recovery is beginning to positively affect those at the bottom.

The improving economy likely had some effect on why more Americans opened bank accounts. Not only did more Americans making less than $15,000 open bank accounts between 2013 and 2015, but the number of Americans making less than $15,000 also declined.

“The poor have more money in their pockets, and more are able to afford bank accounts,” said Aaron Klein, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.

There are several reasons why people choose not to have a traditional bank account. Some do not trust banks or want to avoid their fees, or they have privacy concerns, according to the FDIC’s report. There is also a perception among the unbanked that bank accounts are not for the poor. More than half of unbanked households said they believe banks are “not at all interested” in serving households like theirs, the report said.

But the No. 1 reason why Americans say they do not have a checking or savings account is that they believe they do not have enough money to get an account. The FDIC said roughly 57 percent of all unbanked households cited lack of money as a reason not to have an account, and roughly 38 percent of those same people said that was the main reason.

*NOTE: This article is comprised largely of information first reported in a Detroit News article.

RSVP to Financial Literacy for Alternative Lending Customers

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This workshop invites alternative lending customers to learn more about their options and understanding their options when they need access to short-term cash. Thanks to our presenting partners, attendees will also learn more about breaking the cycle of debt, budgeting, and improving their credit scores.

Tuesday, May 16

5pm

American Jewelry and Loan Pontiac

546 N Telegraph Road

Pontiac, MI  48341

 

Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided, but seating is limited, so please RSVP below:

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Day Three- Entrepreneurship Master Class

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP OAKLAND–MASTER CLASS

At the third and final segment of our Entrepreneurship Oakland Master Class, the panel shared insights that continue the conversation about success in business leadership.

This week’s expert panelists included: Vladimir Gendelman from Company Folders, Tonya Acha from Asentiv, Matthew Farrell from Core Partners, Damany Head from the Pontiac Regional Chamber and TNE Ventures, Wesley Mathews from High Level Marketing, and Rob Cote from Security Vitals.

 

Most of our distinguished panelists are members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Detroit Chapter. Learn more about EO Detroit at www.eonetwork.org.

 

 

Three Tuesdays in March: March 14, 21, 28th
8-9:30am
American Jewelry and Loan Pontiac
546 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI 48341
COST: $185 per person
Includes: Attendance at all three sessions, materials, certificate of completion, refreshments, and a FREE Individual membership in the Pontiac Regional Chamber

SESSION ONE: TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH
Negotiating for Entrepreneurs
Business Planning Basics
Untangling the Red Tape
Networking Best Practices

SESSION TWO: TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST
How to Conduct Market Research
FREE Community Resources for Business Owners
Finding the funding
Legal & Financial Considerations
Marketing, Advertising, and PR

SESSION THREE: TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH
Accounting and banking basics
eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker
Commitment to Community

Learn more in this article from Crain’s Detroit.

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