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12/4/2017
What does it take to establish the savings habit?
Everyone knows it’s important to save for a “rainy day.” Emergencies happen: appliances break, cars sputter to a stop, jobs are lost. But many people find it difficult to start the savings habit when so many other desires and demands compete for scarce funds. How can nonprofits help? This blog post reports on the progress and lessons learned of a matched-savings partnership between NeighbborWorks America and EARN.
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8/18/2017
Community experts brainstorm financial inclusion
At the Philadelphia NeighborWorks Training Institute, both local and national experts came together to discuss and debate how to create and sustain more financial inclusion, allowing low-income households, new Americans and others often left behind to benefit from improvements in the economy. Read this blog post for some highlights of their take-aways.
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3/21/2017
Partnership tackles America’s savings crisis
The presence or absence of emergency savings can determine whether a household slides into disaster following a lay-off or other financial crisis. Yet too many people have no such protection. A new partnership is designed to help asset-poor families develop an emergency cushion.
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1/3/2016
Excerpts from What It’s Worth: Food for Thought (Part 1)
Too busy to read all of the new book on stengthening America's financial capability, "What It's Worth"? Read this guide to its most provocative suggestions.
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4/25/2014
How to move from financial education to behavior change? Consider coaching
When Ruben and Jesusita got married eight years ago, their love was enough to turn their lives around in so many ways. But when it came to their finances, they were a mutual disaster.
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4/24/2014
Four reasons why Americans' ‘financial capability’ is so low
With the insecurities of the Great Recession still fresh, and continuing to bite for others, the need for each of us to be savvy managers of our personal finances is obvious. Yet, 11 years after the U.S. Congress first declared April Financial Literacy Month (changing to "Financial Capability Month" in 2012), it's clear that too many Americans -- whether college-educated or not -- lack the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to get the most value they can from whatever financial resources they have.
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2/2/2014
Tax time is ideal platform for financial-education outreach
All of the data aren't in yet for 2013, but it's safe to assume that hundreds of thousands of people became first-time homeowners last year. Becoming a homeowner also means that many people for the first time will find it beneficial to itemize their tax returns. The advertisements about using a paid, professional service for completing and filing tax forms are filling the airwaves, newspapers and other media. Most of these advertisements promise friendly and fast service. But few if any of these ads disclose the cost.