leveraging fintech

Leveraging Fintech | August 18, 2021

From mobile banking to blockchain, financial technology continues to provide new opportunities for consumers to spend, save, and share their money. We'll discuss some of the new technologies that have become more popular in recent years as well as considerations and protections that may be helpful in choosing what fintech would work best for you. Learn how to better navigate your financial journey with tips from presenters Jacob Hamilton and Nikki Ginacola-Shanks from the Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation and Andrea Pellegrini from the University of Illinois Student Money Management Center.

 

Get Savvy 2021 Webinar Series

When it comes to smart money managing habits, it’s best to start early to ensure a solid financial future. Learn how to make the most of your financial resources and explore techniques for investing, saving money, smart spending, managing identity theft, and buying or renting a home.

Online registration is required. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, or for more information, contact Kathy Sweedler at sweedler@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.   

 

Other Webinars in this Series

Identity Theft & Fraud | September 15, 2021

The FTC indicated 2.2 million fraud reports in their Consumer Sentinal Network Data Book for 2020, with the three categories consisting of complaints about identity theft, imposter scams, and online shopping/negative reviews. Additionally, 44% of reports were from people between 20 to 29 years of age compared to about 20% of people aged 70 to 79. Protect yourself against fraud by learning how to recognize potential identity theft and finding out what to do in case you're affected. Presented by Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois Student Money Management Center, and Nikki Giancola-Shanks, Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation.

What’s Your Job Worth? | October 27, 2021

Your future job's value is more than your salary! Explore with us how job benefits can add up to big dollars and find out what questions to ask when negotiating job offers. Walk into your new job ready to make informed choices that can significantly increase your net worth. Presented by Nikki Giancola Shanks, Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, and Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension.

Conscious Consumerism | November 10, 2021

Do you want to ensure that your spending is ethical and making a positive impact on the world? Is being mindful about where your money goes important to you? This webinar provides the tools you need to think critically about your own consumption. Learn how you can align your own behaviors with your personal values and goals. Presented by Natalie Daniels, DePaul University, and Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois Student Money Managing Center.

Planning for the Unforeseen | December 8, 2021

While many people think they are invincible, being prepared makes you a responsible adult. Property transfers, wills, and conversations about estate planning can be beneficial for you and your family's overall financial well-being. Presented by Nikki Giancola-Shanks, Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, and Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois Student Money Managing Center.

Steps to Investing | January 26, 2022

You have a strong financial foundation, and now you're ready to take the first steps into investing. Learn more advanced concepts that can help you put into practice some of the terminology and information you learned from last year's Investing Basics webinar. Presented by Natalie Daniels, DePaul University, Alan Sorcher, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Kathy Sweedler, University of Illinois Extension. If you missed last year's sessions, we suggest watching the Investing Basics recording prior to attending Steps to Investing. NOTE: This webinar is meant to be educational and will not offer individual investing advice.

Money in Relationships | February 9, 2022

Taking time to talk about how finances can impact your fun is important. Don't let the beast money ruin the beauty of your relationship. Whether you're just dating, or you've been together for years, conversations about money can be challenging. Learn ways to talk with your partner about spending, saving, traveling, education, debt, and overall money management. Presented by Camaya Wallance Bechard, University of Illinois Extension, and Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois Student Money Managing Center.

Financial Emergency Preparedness | March 30, 2022

Is your emergency plan a box of ramen in the closet? It's a good start, but there are a few more things you might want to consider to round it out. As we're entering tornado season in Illinois, we'll discuss ways to prepare financially for potential disasters and emergencies. Join us on March 30, 2022, to explore financial emergency preparedness tips and tools. Presented by Camaya Wallance Bechard, University of Illinois Extension, and Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois Student Money Managing Center.

Home Buying vs Renting | April 13, 2022

It might feel like everyone buys a house at some point in their lives, but home ownership isn't the best option for everyone. This webinar will break down the pros and cons of buying vs. renting, the process of buying a home, and important terminology, like the difference between a house and a condo. You'll learn how to identify hidden costs, what's right for you, and ways to prepare for your next move, be that into a rental or home ownership. Presented by Jake Hamilton, Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, and Andrea Pellegrini, University of Illinois Student Money Managing Center.

Student Loan Repayment | May 18, 2022

It seems every year we see a record high for student loan debt. In 2020, that record hit $1.56 trillion. Bachelor’s degree recipients in Illinois averaged $29,666 in student loan debt upon graduation in 2018-2019. Understanding repayment is a key to driving down individual student loan debt post-graduation. Join us on May 18th at noon CST to learn the terms, tools, and strategies to empower your student loan pay-off plan. Presented by Nikki Giancola-Shanks, Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, and Natalie Daniels, DePaul University.