A conversation with Jess Feldman | Editor, Special Projects
So tell us, what’s new?
Investopedia has been teaching people about money since 1999, and in the past two years, we’ve started focusing on younger individuals. We’ve partnered with several nonprofit organizations to host events and we’ve launched a dedicated hub for educators in our free Financial Literacy Resource Center. There, you’ll find downloadable lesson plans for kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms and over 40 articles for teens that cover key financial concepts everyone should know, including how to build a credit score, how to maintain smart saving and investing habits, and how to grow your money over a lifetime.
Investopedia also launched a newsletter specifically for teachers called The Classroom Investor. Every month, our Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver breaks down several of the most popular investing, business, and economic headlines of note so that teachers can share the news with their students. Providing real-world contextual information around topics that students may already be aware of has proved to be a useful teaching tool for educators. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter here.
What’s the impact this has had/or you hope it will have on moving financial literacy forward?
Not only is financial literacy in schools not regulated at the federal level, but the financial landscape is constantly changing. Just look at how fintech and AI have impacted the financial industry (and many other industries) over the last few years. With over 40,000 articles written, edited, and reviewed by actual financial professionals on Investopedia, we believe that it is our responsibility to continue to be a trusted source of financial education and literacy no matter how technology affects our industry.
We also know that information learned at an early age can have a lifelong impact. The Jumpstart Coalition has been carrying this torch for decades, and it is our honor to join the organization and the talented people who have been leading these efforts.
How do we learn more?
Follow us on social media @investopedia, and save the Financial Literacy Resource Center for the latest lesson plans, articles, and financial terms for educators and students. Investopedia Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver hosts The Investopedia Express podcast every Monday morning, too. In every episode, Caleb analyzes timely finance and business news, interviews industry experts and luminaries, and shares the financial term of the week. And if you are a rap music fan, tune into the top of every show to hear his financial freestyle. Last but not least, check out the Investopedia Stock Simulator to learn how to invest in the stock market. You and your students can create private investing groups to host competitions, discover how to research companies and stocks, and how to build your own portfolios. Sign up for free and test out the simulator, here.
What else are you working on?
Ahead of the upcoming school year, Investopedia will be joining teachers at conferences across the country, from the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Washington DC to Philly Phinancial Literacy Week. If you plan to be there, stop by our booth to say hi! If you are interested in having us visit your school district or Zoom into your classrooms this fall, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Investopedia news team will continue to share insights on the biggest economic and personal finance news to be aware of, which you can see on the Investopedia homepage.
Tell us more about your organization
Investopedia was founded in 1999 with the mission of simplifying financial decisions and information to give readers the confidence to manage every aspect of their financial life. In 2022 Investopedia committed to extending its reach and resources to schools and underserved communities that have traditionally been left out of the conversation. The free content and materials to support today’s investing environment in The Resource Center are the first step, and we hope to expand on this mission moving forward.
Investopedia’s 13 million readers come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some are learning about money and investing for the first time, while others are experienced investors, business owners, professionals, financial advisors, and executives looking to improve their knowledge and skills. Our mission is to make people smarter about money, and we are committed to helping them begin that journey at any age.