These finance books are game changers.

By Delilah Gray
March 08, 2021
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The majority of Americans in their 20s and 30s (and beyond) are lacking in financial literacy. What is financial literacy, you ask? It's the knowledge to make effective financial decisions on your own. So basically, everything from knowing if you can afford that jacket you've had your eye on to how much you should be saving per month for retirement. A study found that less than 50 percent of 1,000 Americans could explain what a 401(k) is, the concept of bankruptcy, or even how inflation works. Studies also discovered that among underserved or minority populations, financial illiteracy is even more severe.

Unless your parents or your high school teachers actually taught you necessary financial fundamentals, you end up having to fend for yourself when it comes to money management. And to understand your money is to understand how to live your best life. Whether you're planning a trip, aiming for early retirement, or just plain shopping for groceries, everyone—everyone—needs to know how to handle their money. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing money experts out there who manage to make even the most intricate financial complexities sound as simple as 2+2. With their help, you can get on the path to fixing your finances. Just choose one (or five) of these books below to start.

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