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03/11/2016 - Visa

Visa Inc. is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Visa believes the most important financial tool is not a product – it is knowledge. That is why for the past 20 years, Visa has been a private sector leader in developing innovative, free programs that help people effectively learn the fundamentals of personal finance, including budgeting, saving, responsible spending and the wise use of credit.  

  • Financial Literacy Summit: For the past 10 years, Visa has co-hosted the annual Summit with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The April 20, 2016 event’s theme is The Future of Innovation in Financial Literacy. The 2016 program marks a decade of Summit dialogue and an opportunity to discuss financial literacy programs from around the world that have made an impact and where innovation and technology is leading the industry. The event brings together global financial literacy thought leaders for the forum attended by senior international experts to address important matters in personal finance management. Register today to reserve your space at the 2016 Financial Literacy Summit. 
  • Lunch Tracker App: Do you know how much money you are spending on lunch? Whether you pack it, eat your lunch at home or dine out at a restaurant, it adds up. The new free Lunch Tracker app for iOS launched in November 2015 to help people manage their lunch spending habits and start saving money. Users can take the 30-Day Challenge to track meals, adjust their spending, share photos and learn money-saving tips.


The Visa flagship financial literacy initiative, Practical Money Skills for Life (www.practicalmoneyskills.com), is a free program to help parents, teachers, students and consumers of all ages learn the essentials of personal financial management. Launched in 1995, the program is now available in more than 41 countries and 15 languages. Program components include:

  • Money management information: From credit and debt to saving and life events like buying a house or a car, Practical Money Skills offers a wealth of information to help all ages understand financial concepts and decisions.
  • Classroom curriculum: Comprehensive classroom curriculum for pre-kindergarten through college and special needs, complete with teacher’s guides, lesson plans and student activities.
  • Online games: Edutainment that helps young kids learn the basics of money management; games include Peter Pig’s Money Counter, Cash Puzzler, Money Metropolis and Road Trip to Savings.
  • Financial Football: An NFL-themed educational video game; since 2006, 47 state governments and the District of Columbia have endorsed and distributed the game to all of their public middle and high schools – nearly 30,000 schools.
  • Financial Soccer: A FIFA World-Cup-themed educational video game that harnesses the popularity of the world’s most popular sport; the game has been rolled out in 41 countries, translated into 15 languages and has been used over 9.5 million times.
  • Avengers: Saving the Day: A one-of-a-kind, action-packed comic book and instruction guide created by Visa and Marvel that combines Marvel’s iconic superheroes with Visa’s financial literacy expertise to teach kids about budgeting and saving; distributed in 10 countries around the world and available in eight languages.
  • Financial calculators: This suite of online calculators helps consumers explore their own financial information in greater detail by forecasting and assessing financial choices.
  • Educational guides: Complete coverage of personal finance basics for all ages, from mobile banking to credit history.
  • Monthly newsletter: Visa’s monthly newsletter for educators featuring relevant financial literacy news and Practical Money Skills’ Innovative Educator of the Month has nearly 70,000 subscribers.
  • Mobile apps: Consumers can manage their finances on the go with the following apps for smartphones and tablets: Lunch Tracker, Tooth Fairy Calculator, Plan’it Prom, Financial Football, Peter Pig’s Money Counter and Financial Calculators.
  • Veterans Financial Coalition: Visa became one of four founding members of the Veterans Financial Coalition formed in June 2014 that helps guide military veterans and their families during the transition period into civilian life by offering free materials about managing finances. Resources include budgeting and saving tips, tax break information and educational games. Other Coalition members are the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE), Call For Action, Inc., Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, National Consumers League, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc.® and the National Military Families Association.

Parents, teachers, students and consumers of all ages can use the free financial materials for an opportunity to achieve a better financial future.
Visa’s Practical Money Skills for Life and Avengers: Saving the Day also is available on the Jump$tart Clearinghouse.
For more information about Visa’s financial education program, visitwww.practicalmoneyskills.com. Partners interested in easily utilizing and integrating Visa’s content into their own can visit the special web pagewww.practicalmoneyskills.com/orders.
For general information about Visa, visit www.visa.com.
Hugh Norton
Head of U.S. Financial Education
Visa Inc.
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