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This article summarizes results from the FDIC's Model Safe Accounts pilot, which was launched to determine the feasibility of banks offering affordable transaction and savings accounts to bring more individuals into the financial mainstream. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Report
Date: 7/26/2013
During 2011 and part of 2012, the FDIC conducted a second nationwide survey of FDIC-insured depository institutions to assess their efforts to serve unbanked and underbanked individuals and families. This survey focuses on banks' basic transaction and savings account programs, auxiliary product and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Survey Data Report
Date: 7/26/2013
This article summarizes the key findings and recommendations drawn from the first FDIC Survey of Bank Efforts to Serve the Unbanked and Underbanked. It is intended to inform bankers, policymakers, and researchers of the results of the survey and to outline steps to improve access to the financial More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher Youth
Type of Resource: Article
Date: 7/26/2013
In consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and President Bush's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, the FINRA Investor Education Foundation commissioned the first national study of the financial capability of American adults in 2009. The overarching research objectives of the More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 6/5/2013
The Make Your Path (MY Path) initiative provides disadvantaged youth with peer-led financial capability trainings, a savings account at a mainstream financial institution and incentives to set and meet savings goals. The program focuses on youth earning their first paycheck—a critical “teachable More information...
Audience: Teacher Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: youth, underserved, underserved youth, peer learning
Date: 6/5/2013
Traditional economic theory posits that people make decisions by maximizing a utility function in which all of the relevant constraints and preferences are included and weighed appropriately. Behavioral economists and decision-making researchers, however, are interested in how people make decisions More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: Behavioral economics, decision making, retirement savings
Date: 4/5/2013
Minority groups, particularly Hispanics and Blacks, are less likely to use formal financial advice compared to their White counterparts and have lower levels of financial literacy on average. This gap in literacy may have important implications for savings, investing, and retirement planning. To More information...
Audience: Researcher Teacher
Type of Resource: Article
Tags: financial education, minority populations, formal financial advice, savings, investing, financial literacy
Date: 4/5/2013
Economic studies on households’ financial asset ownership and allocation have discussed the relationship between asset holdings and socioeconomic variables. The current research on asset ownership has been conducted with data from the country of China utilizing a random sample of 2080 Chinese More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: China
Date: 3/4/2013
This paper analyzes new data from the 2009 National Financial Capability Study. This survey provides information to assess how American households make financial decisions, how they are faring under current economic conditions, and in what ways financial knowledge contributes to financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Social Security
Date: 3/4/2013
Two competing explanations for why consumers have trouble with financial decisions are gaining momentum. One is that people are financially illiterate since they lack understanding of simple economic concepts and cannot carry out computations such as computing compound interest, which could cause More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Behavioral economics, Financial literacy, financial education
Date: 3/4/2013