Trends with Benefits
Trends with Benefits #3: Tyrone Ross on Fostering Financial LiteracyEd Lopez, Head of ETF ProductMarch 17, 2020
Financial illiteracy is an epidemic that afflicts many segments of our society. An InvestmentNews article highlighted a handful of different studies on the topic. Among its revelations was that the financial literacy level in the U.S. was only 57% and that financial literacy has actually declined.1 This is a scary thought when most Americans are being asked to take responsibility for their own retirement planning. It’s worse among the poorest of our society, where many don’t even have a bank account or trust the financial industry. This is the industry’s challenge and opportunity.
Changing an Industry
One person taking up that challenge and making it his mission is Tyrone Ross. I caught up with him at the Inside ETFs conference in January 2020. He is a financial consultant, early-stage start-up advisor entrepreneur and a 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier in track and field in the 400 meters. He was recognized by InvestmentNews 40 under 40 (2019), and WealthManagement.com as a top ten advisor set to change the industry in 2019. While great accolades, he dismisses them. He’s on a more important mission.
If you haven’t been to the conference before it’s the largest conference for the exchange-traded fund industry with over 2,000 attendees and held at a beautiful resort on the beach in Hollywood, Florida. Hollywood is in Broward County, where Tyrone told me 20% of the children population live in poverty. So, it’s a striking paradox to think of the billions of dollars under management represented by financial professionals attending the conference in an area where so many live below the poverty level. Many at this socioeconomic level don’t know basic financial concepts much less what a stock is. Worse, as Tyrone explained is the mindset of ‘scarcity’ that prevents people from engaging with the banking system even to improve their own situation.
Tyrone knows this situation well. He’s lived it. So while he takes it as his personal responsibility and mission to help these communities, he believes the financial industry can help lead the change to improve financial literacy and in the process help it become the “most beloved industry”.
There is so much about our discussion I found inspiring. Listen for thoughts on the power of giving and how he stays positive. Also, his one big trend to watch is how financial advisors will be forced to change the way they run their practices.
Trend or Fad?
Listen for Tyrone’s take on fake meat, paper straws, blockchain, and the keto diet.
1 Financial literacy: An epic fail in America, Greg Iacurci, InvestmentNews, March 2, 2019, https://www.investmentnews.com/financial-literacy-an-epic-fail-in-america-78385
Please note that Van Eck Securities Corporation (an affiliated broker-dealer of Van Eck Associates Corporation) may offer investments products that invest in the asset class(es) discussed in this podcast.
The views and opinions expressed are those of the speaker(s) but not necessarily those of VanEck. Commentaries are general in nature and should not be construed as investment advice. Certain statements contained herein may constitute projections, forecasts and other forward looking statements, which do not reflect actual results, are valid as of the date of this communication and subject to change without notice. Information provided by third party sources are believed to be reliable and have not been independently verified for accuracy or completeness and cannot be guaranteed. Any discussion of specific securities/financial instruments mentioned in the commentary is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation to buy these securities. Fund holdings will vary. All indices mentioned are measures of common market sectors and performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Information on holdings, performance and indices can be found at vaneck.com.
All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. As with any investment strategy, there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met and investors may lose money. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance.
Van Eck Associates Corporation
Explore Related Blogs
Trends with Benefits #66: Digital India with Angus Shillington
Trends with Benefits #65: Investing in Sustainable Communities with R. Paul Herman of HIP Investor
Trends with Benefits Celebrates Climate Week
Trends with Benefits #64: Institutions Embrace Crypto with Lauren Abendschein
Trends with Benefits #63: Closing America’s Wealth Gap with Calvin Williams Jr.