Financial Literacy 101: Give Yourself Some Credit

Warren Buffett said that investing is simple but not easy. The same can be said about credit. FICO is a black box. Banks charge high interest. And fintech startups want to mine all of your private data. But credit doesn’t have to be like this.
In this workshop, you’ll learn:
  • How credit works
  • How FICO works
  • How banks (and startups) make lending decisions
  • How to monitor and improve your credit
  • How to calculate interest
By the end of it, you’ll know not only how credit works, but how to make credit work for you.
About the Instructor
Ethan Monreal-Jackson is a tech entrepreneur whose startup, Zenny, is working to increase savings and wealth among underbanked and underserved people.

Ethan has spent the majority of his career working in fintech, first at Capital One on their Credit Policy and Strategy teams. He then returned to the Bay Area (after having worked at Google previously) to join fintech startup Affirm as their second credit person, creating their foundational credit and pricing policies. Afterwards, he consulted for several startups before joining one as the Head of Credit & Analytics. Working in fintech made him realize that there were too many opportunities to increase debt and not enough opportunities to increase wealth, which inspired him to launch Zenny.

Ethan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance and Social Impact & Responsibility. He began his career as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. He is a proud mama’s boy, Texan, and San Antonio Spurs fan.

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