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The Effectiveness of Pre-Purchase Homeownership Counseling and Financial Management Skills

The Effectiveness of Pre-Purchase Homeownership Counseling and Financial Management Skills Homeownership remains a cherished goal for many people. However, developments in mortgage products and drastic changes in the housing market have made the realization of becoming a homeowner more challenging.… Continue Reading

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CFPB Report: Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

CFPB Report: Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers The low-income and economically vulnerable population includes as many as 100 million people. These consumers are diverse in culture, geography, stage of life, and financial status. Last year, the CFPB’s Office… Continue Reading

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INFOGRAPHIC: Small Business Lending Fund Participants Increase Small Business Lending By More Than $10 Billion

INFOGRAPHIC: Small Business Lending Fund Participants Increase Small Business Lending By More Than $10 Billion The ​U.S. Treasury Department released a new report today showing that participants receiving capital through the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) nationwide have boosted small business lending by $10.4 billion over baseline… Continue Reading

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FINRA Report: Financial Fraud and Fraud Susceptibility in the United States

New FINRA Report Financial Fraud and Fraud Susceptibility in the United States: New FINRA Foundation Report Finds Americans Are at Risk Estimates suggest that consumer financial fraud is costing Americans over $50 billion a year, and this number does not include the money allocated… Continue Reading

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CFPB: Our First Financial Literacy Report to Congress

Our first financial literacy report to Congress The CFPB posted the following announcement last week. Today, we’re publishing our first financial literacy report to Congress. It discusses our approach to financial literacy and the work we’ve done to help consumers… Continue Reading

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FTC’s Second Kids’ App Report Finds Little Progress in Addressing Privacy Concerns Surrounding Mobile Applications for Children

FTC’s Second Kids’ App Report Finds Little Progress in Addressing Privacy Concerns Surrounding Mobile Applications for Children Kids’ Data Still Collected, Shared without Parents’ Knowledge, Consent The Federal Trade Commission issued a new staff report, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures… Continue Reading

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GAO Report: ELDER JUSTICE National Strategy Needed to Effectively Combat Elder Financial Exploitation

Elder Justice National Strategy Needed to Effectively Combat Elder Financial Exploitation GAO-13-110,  Nov 15, 2012 Highlights Page (PDF, 1 page) Accessible Text View Report (PDF, 80 pages) What GAO Found Officials in each of the four states GAO contacted identified… Continue Reading

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CFED Report: Partnerships You Can Bank On: Sustainable Financial Institution Engagement in Bank On Programs

CFED Releases Report on Sustainability of Bank On Programs From a Financial Institution Perspective  CFED released new research for the Bank On field that, for the first time, explores the success and sustainability of Bank On programs from the perspective of… Continue Reading

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Assets and Opportunity Scorecard: A Portrait of Financial Insecurity and Policies to Rebuild Prosperity in America.

Assets and Opportunity Scorecard: A Portrait of Financial Insecurity and Policies to Rebuild Prosperity in America. By Jennifer Brooks, et al. Corporation forEnterprise Development. Jan. 2012. 12 p. http://assetsandopportunity.org/assets/2012_scorecard.pdf  “This report paints a bleak picture of rising asset poverty and… Continue Reading