The Big Three and Big Five

About the “Big Three” and “Big Five”

Professor Annamaria Lusardi and Professor Olivia Mitchell of the Wharton School developed questions that indicate one’s financial literacy. They have been used worldwide, including in the U.S. National Financial Capability Study.

Test your financial knowledge here.

“Big Three” questions                     “Big Five” questions


“Big Three”

Test your financial literacy knowledge with the “Big Three” questions.

 

1) “Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After 5 years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow?”

A) More than $102
B) Exactly $102
C) Less than $102
D) Don’t know
E) Refuse to answer

 

2) “Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account was 1% per year and inflation was 2% per year. After 1 year, with the money in this account, would you be able to buy…”

A) More than today
B) Exactly the same as today
C) Less than today
D) Don’t know
E) Refuse to answer

 

3) “Do you think the following statement is true or false?
Buying a single company stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.”

A) True
B) False
C) Don’t know
D) Refuse to answer

 

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“Big Five”

Test your financial literacy knowledge with the “Big Five” questions.

 

1) Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After 5 years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow?

A) More than $102
B) Exactly $102
C) Less than $102
D) Don’t know
E) Prefer not to say

 

2) Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account was 1% per year and inflation was 2% per year. After 1 year, how much would you be able to buy with the money in this account?

A) More than today
B) Exactly the same
C) Less than today
D) Don’t know
E)Prefer not to say

 

3) If interest rates rise, what will typically happen to bond prices?

A) They will rise
B) They will fall
C) They will stay the same
D) There is no relationship between bond prices and the interest rate
E) Don’t know
F) Prefer not to say

 

4) A 15-year mortgage typically requires higher monthly payments than a 30-year mortgage, but the total interest paid over the life of the loan will be less.

A) True
B) False
C) Don’t know
D) Prefer not to say

 

5) Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.

A) True
B) False
C) Don’t know
D) Prefer not to say

 

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