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Teaching financial literacy creates a lifetime of opportunity

June 15, 2017
Cindy Collins
Cindy Collins
Today, people face many financial choices during their lives—whether students starting to save; young professionals on their own for the first time; couples buying their first homes; business owners planning to expand their companies; or successful people managing assets or planning retirements and estates. Our bank's core value of Commitment to Service means that we're committed to helping people gain the financial knowledge they need, and our associates shared their expertise with persons of all ages in their communities during Hancock Whitney Financial Education Month.
A lifetime of learning
Surveys show that many individuals lack the knowledge of basic financial practices and principles that would help them make sound decisions about their money. While they may follow financial news and grasp how the stock market operates, they may not fully understand how those matters affect their own relationships with money.
We believe good financial education entails lifelong learning. That’s why we’re committed to helping people achieve their financial goals and dreams by serving and educating them with ways to protect and grow their hard-earned dollars, wherever they are in life.
Giving students a head start
Building a solid financial knowledge foundation at an early age is important to making informed financial decisions throughout life. Additionally, financially capable children usually grow up to be financially secure adults. With those ideas in mind, our bankers work closely with local schools to create financial education opportunities for young people.
Our interactive web-based Hancock Whitney Financial Cents modules incorporate simulations, avatars, and social networking—new-media technology young people already use—to make complex financial concepts more relevant and easier to understand for middle and high school students. That digital learning also supports and complements teachers’ in-class lessons and state curriculums.
In April we launched our first Hancock Whitney Financial Education Month. That concentrated financial education effort engaged associates across all areas of our company in helping people learn good financial habits. Associates chose local projects reflecting their passions and their communities’ needs. Then, through partnerships with schools, chambers of commerce, community groups, health and human service agencies, and other local organizations, they taught students and adults that good money management begins early, lasts a lifetime, and, ultimately makes our communities stronger.
Watch the video to see highlights of Hancock Whitney Financial Education Month.
Financial education leads to lifelong opportunities
Financial education is something our associates do every day when they serve clients, teach students, or help local people build a better quality of life. Hancock Whitney Financial Education Month simply amplified our commitment.
Financial education doesn’t just start and stop. Instead, it’s an evolving lifelong process filled with new knowledge and new opportunities as trends, choices, needs, and lives change. Establishing strong financial knowledge at an early age can set the stage for a life of financial success and security; but improving money smarts can make a meaningful difference at any point in life.
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