Debt Literacy and Its Importance in the Czech Republic
|Year of publication
|Article in Proceedings
|European Financial Systems 2018
|MU Faculty or unit
|financial literacy; debt literacy; indebtedness; mortgages
|This paper aims to show the importance of one part of financial literacy that causes most problems in the Czech Republic. According to the latest data, there is quite a lot of Czech overindebted – they borrowed too much money, lost jobs, found a very inconvenient loan, etc. Those people were not able to analyze their financial situation in the broad context of having a loan. As we know from the start of last big financial crisis risky loans (e.g., Mortgages) can cause a worldwide problem. In general people with lower levels of debt, literacy tends to transact in high-cost manners, incurring higher fees and using high-cost borrowing. Due to the New Consumer Credit Act from 2016, there was expected a change in the loan amounts and risk. It is too early to judge the impact of that act, but we can see a basic tendency that shows us people are still willing to go in debts. This makes debt literacy still very important as there are many overindebted people in the Czech Republic.