Thursday, August 18, 2011

Financial Illiteracy

Sullivan links today to this bit of insanity:
In a recent consumer study, 21 percent of individuals surveyed – including 38 percent of those with income below $25,000 – reported that winning the lottery was “the most practical strategy for accumulating several hundred thousand dollars” of wealth for their own retirement. In addition, 16 percent thought that winning the lottery was the best retirement strategy for all Americans, not just themselves.
My mother likes to say that the lottery is for people that don't understand math.