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This consumer advisory describes common foreclosure scams, suggests ways homeowners can avoid those scams, and outlines new federal rules to protect homeowners from such schemes. This advisory also lists 10 warning signs homeowners can use to identify foreclosure scams. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brief Tools
Tags: mortgage, modification, scams, foreclosure rescue
Date: 4/20/2017
This edition of Community Developments Investments highlights roles that banks can play through their participation in financial literacy initiatives. The articles describe the following four national initiatives that encourage banks and their community partners to help consumers use their More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Tags: Community-based, financial literacy, asset-building, CRA, banks
Date: 4/20/2017
If you apply for a mortgage or a personal loan, you may hear the term credit insurance. What is it and do you need it? More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Article Website
Date: 3/31/2017
If you need money to pay bills or make home improvements, and think the answer is in refinancing, a second mortgage, or a home equity loan, consider your options carefully. If you can't make the required payments, you could lose your home as well as the equity you've built up. This article More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Article Checklist Tools Website
Date: 3/31/2017
If you’re in the market for a job, an investment, or a business to run in your off-hours or as an encore career, there are some mighty convincing promoters out there who promise high returns, low risk, and ‘golden’ opportunities just waiting for the right buyer. Take the time to ask the questions More information...
Audience: Individual Teacher
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 3/31/2017
Explains how reverse mortgages (RMs) can help older homeowners who are “house-rich but cash-poor” remain in their homes and still meet their financial obligations. Explains how the three types of RMs work: single-purpose, federally-insured, and proprietary; and how to get a good deal, and where to More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Date: 3/30/2017
This report summarizes the findings from the Federal Reserve Board’s 3rd annual Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking (SHED), which aims to capture a snapshot of financial and economic well-being of U.S. consumers and identify potential risks to their financial stability. Topics covered More information...
Audience: Individual
Date: 7/27/2016
Following a rigorous research effort to develop a consumer-driven definition of financial well-being, the CFPB developed and tested a set of questions–a “scale”–to measure financial well-being. The scale is designed to allow practitioners and researchers to accurately and consistently quantify, and More information...
Audience: Individual
Tags: Financial well-being measurement, financial education outcome measurement
Date: 7/26/2016
Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services is designed for community-based organizations interested in integrating financial capability services into existing programs (e.g. housing, job training, or Head Start). The interactive tools in the guide walk organizations More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Guide
Tags: ​Financial Capability, Integration, Financial Education, Credit, Financial Coaching, Asset Building
Date: 7/22/2015
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