January 01 2008
U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson Joins California Members of U.S. Presidentâ€™s Advisory Council On Financial Literacy For Oakland Town Hall Meeting
"Better financial education will do more than just help homeowners – it will help a student assess the terms of a student loan, help a young family decide whether to afford a new or a used car, and help everyone know that the bill will come due next month, when you use the credit card today," Paulson said. "A more financially literate citizenry can help our economy in the broadest of terms.
U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral, Mayor Ron V. Dellums, and three
Charles Schwab, CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation, was pleased that the exchange provided an opportunity to outline what the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy seeks to accomplish. "This Council is committed to helping the President and the Treasury Secretary make financial literacy a national priority," said Schwab. "It is critical that we bring together the private sector, the government, the non-profit sector and our religious communities to help give people of all ages and backgrounds the skills to understand and manage their finances."
HOPE Founder and CEO John Hope Bryant, who played a dual role at the gathering by serving both as host and vice-chairman, had this to say about the recent actions taken by the federal government. "Operation HOPE has made a concerted effort over the last 16 years to focus the nation on practical financial literacy education that will benefit all Americans, particularly those living in underserved communities. What we are doing today is not only historic, but absolutely necessary to our collective global prosperity.”