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Over the past decade, American investors increasingly have turned to mutual funds to save for retirement and other financial goals. Mutual funds can offer the advantages of diversification and professional management. But, as with other investment choices, investing in mutual funds involves risk. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Article Website
Date: 4/20/2017
Ready.Save.Grow. is a U.S. Department of the Treasury initiative to help people save and take control of their future. Setting money aside for the future is an important step toward reaching your long-term goals, whether that means saving for your child’s college education or preparing for a more More information...
Audience: Individual
Date: 4/5/2013
This article explains the obstacles that Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) households face in asset building, examines the incentives banks have for encouraging these households to save, and describes some strategies banks have used to build profitable relationships that also benefit LMI consumers. More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher Youth
Type of Resource: Article
Date: 3/4/2013
The practice of spreading money among different investments to reduce risk is known as diversification. By picking the right group of investments, you may be able to limit your losses and reduce the fluctuations of investment returns without sacrificing too much potential gain. To learn more about More information...
Audience: Individual
Date: 4/20/2017
In June 2011, the FDIC sponsored the second National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households to collect data on the number of U.S. households that are unbanked and underbanked, their demographic characteristics, and their reasons for being unbanked and underbanked. This survey was conducted More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Website Survey Data
Date: 4/12/2017
This Toolkit is designed to provide caseworkers, independent living skills providers, congregate care providers, foster parents, and other supportive adults with strategies and resources to critically evaluate and improve their current approaches to financial capability. It is designed for those More information...
Audience: Individual Teacher Youth
Tags: Foster Care, Transitional Living, Financial Capability, Youth, Young Adults, Integration, Credit, Taxes, Credit Report, Insurance
Date: 4/12/2017
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: 4/12/2017
This study analyzes the impact of the FDIC’s Money Smart financial education curriculum and training on the financial opinions and behaviors of course participants. The study collected data from 631 adult respondents who experienced some portion of the Money Smart program during 2004-2005 and also More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Survey Data
Tags: Financial literacy, Financial education
Date: 3/7/2013
Using the 2008 Survey of Chinese Consumer Finance and Investor Education and the 2007 Survey of Consumer Finances, this study compared saving motives between Chinese and American urban households. Results showed that Chinese households were more likely than American households to report More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: China
Date: 3/4/2013
This paper uses data from the Health and Retirement Study to explore the mechanism that underlies the robust relation found in the literature between cognitive ability, and in particular numeracy, and wealth, income constant. We have a number of findings. First, the more valuable the pension, the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Financial literacy, Financial Education, Pensions
Date: 3/4/2013