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“In a report called Financial Literacy Around The World which was undertaken by Standard & Poor’s with representatives from the World Bank, it indicated that Jamaica is ranked 29 out of the 47 scores assigned to 142 countries in regards to simple financial literacy. Only 33% of Jamaicans surveyed indicated that they had knowledge of basic financial principles which places Jamaica lower than average in the 42nd percentile of countries surveyed. Denmark, Norway and Sweden ranked the highest, with 71% of adults demonstrating that they were financially literate while at the lower end, Yemen, Albania and Afghanistan indicating that only 13-14% of adults understood these terms.” – financialcentsibility.com
In this day and age, there is a huge need for us to understand where our money is coming from and where it is going. For many growing up in the average Jamaican household, exposure to financial tips and tricks wouldn’t have come from home. These are things that one would have to come across in their circle of friends or hear about from concerned adults who were willing to impart this kind of knowledge. Anna Novia has decided to bridge the gap in this regard and has launched a YouTube channel that deals with topics of this nature and more.
In her video, “12 Money Mistakes To Avoid In Jamaica”, she discusses common errors that many of us would be guilty of. These include only having one source of income, saving and spending from the same account, hustling instead of building (I didn’t even know there was a difference between these two), thinking your credit card is your money, and not having any life insurance. Listening through, one would begin to re-evaluate their sense of self where money and investments are concerned, and it gives very substantial food for thought about the next steps going forward.
In “How To: 9 Ways To Make Money Online In Jamaica”, she discusses methods that can be employed presently to make an income from the comfort of your own home. She urges us to look to the marketplace in order to see what is missing, and then work to fill that shortage in the economic space. She was the one who introduced me to Bluedot Communa (a marketing research site that pays you for your feedback), and also advised teaching, utilizing your talents on freelancing websites like Fiverr and buying and selling domain names. If you need ideas, you should definitely check out this video.
In one video that should be of particular interest, “Six DON’TS When Buying Real Estate In Jamaica”, Anna lists points one should avoid such as not quitting your 9-5 during the acquisition process, assuming additional financial responsibilities, and changing your credit card spending habits.
She gives insightful advice overall, and positions herself as a trusted consultant, author, coach and student of financial matters. Her videos are properly edited, and her charisma makes the process of learning much more effective.
Feel free to contact Anna at:
Blessings in abundance!