I'm bloody lucky. I have, I'm pretty sure, the best job in the world.
I love business and investing.
I love analysis, and working out the relationship between different factors.
I love writing (and, as they say, it forces you to work out what you really think, which is a wonderful benefit).
And I love helping people get the most from their finances.
It might not surprise you that at one point I considered becoming a teacher (the kids are probably glad I didn't!).
And why am I lucky?
Well, I have a job, and an employer, that lets me do all of that.
Sometimes, I write about investing. Sometimes about business. Sometimes about the economy. And sometimes about economic policy.
That's a very broad remit.
And when I do, my aim is to improve things – for our members and readers, obviously, but also for our broader society.
Well, selfishly on behalf of those people, a better society is better for all of us, including investors.
But also because I think we have a moral responsibility to do so.
Now, it's impossible to divorce those two things, of course.
If I help people grasp the power of investing, of course some are going to join The Motley Fool.
And, I think we can help them, so I'm good with that.
But also, many won't. Many will find other ways to use the insights I try to provide. And that's totally fine with me.
Which is all preamble. Hopefully useful context, too.
Because I'm really pleased to let you know that The Motley Fool has decided to run a free week of live webinars, on YouTube, that we're calling Financial Literacy Week.
To help people get their financial lives in order.
To give them (you?) the information and tools they need to wrest back control, and to set themselves on the right path.
I mean, it's good for our brand. It exposes more people to our business. Those things are undoubtedly true. We might eventually get some of those people to become members of one of our services.
But if it was just about making a sale, we'd find some 'shorter putts'. We'd throw more resources into getting current investors to use us. Or potential investors to start investing with us.
But we're doing it, primarily, because we think we can help people who want to take control of their finances, but don't know where to start.
And if we can, we think we should.
So we are.
Maybe you could benefit from rebooting your finances. Or maybe you know someone else who could. Or someone who needs to know what healthy financial habits look like.
That's what we're aiming to do.
Here's what you need to know:
- Financial Literacy Week is free.
- It runs from February 26 to March 1.
- Each day that week, we'll be live on YouTube.
- I'll give you some actionable insights to help you get your financial life (back) on track.
- And we'll answer as many of your questions as we can!
No, there are no silver bullets. And there's no secret strategy.
You will have heard most of it before, too.
But our aim is to give it to you straight, in an easy-to-follow format.
Because, sometimes all we need is a bit of a push, and a few simple steps to follow.
That's how you get the financial snowball rolling. And once it does, the results can be astounding.
I'm really excited we're doing this – and proud that The Motley Fool is behind it.
I hope you'll join us (and please let your friends and family know if you think they might benefit from it, too!)
Did I mention it's free?