About Platform Wijzer in geldzaken
People are increasingly becoming more responsible for arranging their own financial matters. Not only that, more people are encountering situations in their lives with far-reaching financial consequences, such as divorce, loss of employment, illness or serious injury.
Without sufficient financial know-how or the right assistance (tools) and advice, it can often prove difficult to acquire the proper financial products or make the correct choices. For instance, to protect against certain risks, arrange provisions for the future, choose the right mortgage or make a considered decision between savings and loan products, or investment and savings options.
Financial self-sufficiency is, to an increasing extent, becoming a basic precondition for independent functioning within an ever more complex society. The consumer is responsible for ensuring that his financial matters are in order, both now and in the future. There are others whose responsibility it is to help the consumer make the best choices possible.
In 2008, this was the reason for the Ministry of Finance to initiate platform Wijzer in geldzaken (The Money Wise Platform). In this platform, more than 40 partners from the financial sector, government, public information and consumer organisations, and the field of science have joined forces to strengthen the consumer's position in the financial domain. Each contributes to the effort from its own role and responsibilities.
Working toward financial self-sufficiency for consumers is a
matter of requiring long-term, consistent effort. In the next five
years, action is taken to boost financial education.
With the Money Wise Action Plan, the partners seek to add an extra impulse to strengthening the consumer's position. The partners will implement projects, realise goals, and establish activities within their own organisations. This is all to help consumers become and remain more money-wise, not just now but also in the future.