Why is it important to learn about financial institutions? Banks, credit unions, money transmitters, check cashers, brokers, and other providers of financial services and products can play an important role in establishing financial wellbeing if they are understood and used properly.

Vanessa Arita Reyes will highlight why it’s important to seek information and have conversations about financial systems in the communities we live in. Vanessa will share stories about her own top reasons to learn about financial institutions, including:

  • Navigating the financial system through the tools and resources available
  • Understanding how credit, credit reports, and the credit system work
  • Protecting personal information to avoid becoming a victim of scams

During this presentation, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will focus on the importance of having conversations about money and finances to address the challenge that banking can feel foreign even in your native language, which can put non-English speakers at a disadvantage in the U.S. Attend this seminar to learn how to have and lead conversations about financial institutions and personal finance, while analyzing sources of information to make the best decisions for your particular situation.

Presented by:

  • Vanessa Arita Reyes, Financial Education Outreach Coordinator

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) protects consumers and advances the financial health of Washington State by providing fair regulation of financial services and educating consumers to make informed financial decisions.

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