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Because of recent concerns about significant losses in and differences in the performance of some Target Date Funds (TDF)s, GAO was asked to address the following questions: (1) To what extent do the investment compositions of TDFs vary; (2) what is known about the performance of TDFs; (3) More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 1/1/2011
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandated that GAO study the oversight of financial planners. This report examines (1) how financial planners are regulated and overseen at the federal and state levels, (2) what is known about the effectiveness of this regulation, and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 1/1/2011
This report was prepared to provide background on the “Bank On” model, a new approach for expanding access to safe, affordable financial services for unbanked households. The purpose of this report is to describe the landscape of Bank On programs, their origins, and their context within a broader More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 1/1/2011
Using credit report records and data collected from several household surveys, we analyze changes in household debt and saving during the 2007 recession. We find that, while different segments of the population were affected in distinct ways, depending on whether they owned a home, whether they More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 1/1/2011
This environmental scan focuses on financial and/or health literacy initiatives for low-income or underserved consumers. AIR conducted a review of literature from 2005 through 2010 and conducted interviews with program officials from Federal agencies and private organizations to develop key More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 12/1/2010
This report to Congress describes the status of the Assets for Independence (AFI) program through the end of 2009. The AFI program was established by the Assets for Independence Act (“the AFI Act”) in Title IV of the Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 10/1/2010
Drawing on a comprehensive review of academic journal articles, the report reviews patterns of investor behavior that may be suboptimal and factors that may lead to such patterns. role of behavioral finance from the perspective of prospect theory, overconfidence and human sentiment, as well as More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 8/1/2010
Abstract: We examine the cost and operational methods of three homeownership programs offered by the Minnesota Home Ownership Center (Center) and its partner agencies: Home Stretch homeownership classes, pre-purchase home buyer counseling, and foreclosure counseling. We describe the general cost More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 6/1/2010
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 mandated GAO to examine the relationship between fluency in the English language and financial literacy. Responding to this mandate, this report examines the extent, if any, to which individuals with limited English More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 5/1/2010
Financial literacy — the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being — is becoming more and more important as individuals and families become increasingly responsible for their own long-term financial well-being. Financial and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 5/1/2010