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This paper analyzes new data on financial literacy and financial sophistication from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study. We show that financial literacy is lacking among older individuals and for the first time explore additional questions on financial sophistication which proves even scarcer. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Financial literacy
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
Worksheet to help consumers create their own customized financial rule of thumb for meeting savings goals. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Worksheets
Tags: Financial Education, Saving, Financial Decision-making
Date: 4/12/2017
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: 4/12/2017
USDA's annual report on Expenditures on Children by Families, also known as "Cost of Raising a Child," provides estimates for the cost of food, housing, childcare, education and other child-rearing expenses for children from birth to age 18. Many state governments use this annual report, first More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Report
Tags: children, housing, transportation costs, food, childcare, healthcare, child-rearing, families
Date: 1/10/2017
With USDA's "Cost of Raising a Child" Calculator, you can estimate how much it will annually cost to raise a child. This may help you plan better for overall expenses including food, or to purchase adequate life insurance. The amount of money you spend depends on how many children you have, the More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Calculator
Tags: calculator, tools, children, housing, transportation costs, food, childcare, healthcare, child-rearing, families
Date: 1/10/2017
This study conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) examines rates of participation in the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) in calendar year 2007 by ethnicity and gender. OPM found that minorities are less likely to participate in TSP (82.5 percent of minorities versus 87.8 More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Report
Tags: Federal Thrift Savings Plan, TSP
Date: 3/4/2013
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
This article discusses the results of and lessons learnt from the Financial Opportunities Project (FOP), a comprehensive effort by the Center for Economic Progress identify, implement, and disseminate strategies for integrating financial services and asset-building opportunities with More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher Youth
Type of Resource: Article
Tags: Tax preparation, Asset Building Service Delivery System, ABSDS, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VITA
Date: 3/7/2013
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: Article Report
Tags: Low-cost accounts
Date: 3/7/2013