Can You Ace This Money Quiz (Most Cannot)?

By Dan Kadlec

December 7, 2017

Testing money skills is tougher than taste-testing wine

In a study, just 38% of individuals—including roughly a third of financial executives—answered all five questions correctly. These are staple questions that have been widely incorporated into financial literacy assessments, including the 2004 Health and Retirement Study and the 2009 and 2012 National Financial Capability Survey. See how you do.

Compounding Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After 5 years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow?

  • More than $102
  • Exactly $102
  • Less than $102

Inflation Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account was 1% per year and inflation was 2% per year. After one year, how much would you be able to buy with the money in this account?

  • More than today
  • Exactly the same as today
  • Less than today

Diversification Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.

  • True
  • False

Mortgages A 15-year mortgage typically requires higher monthly payments than a 30-year mortgage, but the total interest paid over the life of the loan will be less.

  • True
  • False

Bond Pricing If interest rates fall, what should happen to bond prices?

  • They will rise
  • They will fall
  • They will stay the same
  • There is no relationship between bond prices and interest rates

How did you do? Answers: 1) More than; 2) Less than; 3) False; 4) True; 5) They will rise.

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Posted in Latest Research on December, 2017