Cliff Robb, Publishes Paper in Journal of Family and Economic Issues titled “College Student Financial Stress: Are the Kids Alright?”

Cliff Robb, Associate Professor of Consumer Science and Faculty Director of Consumer Finance and Financial Planning, published a paper in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues, based on an analysis of college students’ subjective well-being and persistence behavior conducted with an emphasis on financial stress and individuals’ perceptions of financial situation. The full paper is now available.

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Webinar: CFS Presents “Exploring Financial Capability for Refugee Populations: A Webinar of Study Findings and Insights”

The Center for Financial Security hosted a webinar on October 10, 2017 to highlight background, methodology, and findings from the International Rescue Committee’s recent study on financial capability for refugees, Financial Capability for New Americans: Lessons from Early Interventions with Refugees. Expert discussants provided information on current refugee resettlement processes and insights into financial capability challenges faced by refugees making their home in the United States.

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Center for Financial Security “FinTech: Innovations for Family Financial Security”: Resource and Event Page

This half day workshop hosted by The Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison explored the potential for Financial Technology to address the needs of underserved consumers. The event was held in Nancy Nicholas Hall in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Panelists from financial technology companies, researchers and practitioners contributed to a lively conversation followed by a key note speaker and reception. Attendees of the event included Affiliates and Fellows of the Center for Financial Security, students, local business leaders, and community stakeholders from the region.

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FINRA Foundation Awards Inaugural Ketchum Prize to Dr. J. Michael Collins

J. Michael Collins

Center for Financial Security Faculty Director, J. Michael Collins, was awarded the inaugural Ketchum Prize from the FINRA Foundation. The announcement took place at the Foundation’s Board of Directors triannual board meeting in Washington, D.C. The Foundation’s prize is named for Richard “Rick” Ketchum, who retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Chairman of the FINRA Foundation in 2016. Ketchum is admired for his distinguished leadership in the field of securities regulation over a career spanning three decades. Dr. Collins is being honored for his extensive work in improving family financial security through innovative and thoughtful approaches.

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Peggy Olive offers resources and guidance for consumers following credit bureau data breach

Following news of the recent Equifax data breach many consumers are fearful of how this could cause personal credit issues and possibly identify theft. Peggy Olive, Senior Financial Capability Specialist with UW-Extension and the Center for Financial Security, provides information and resources on how to monitor your credit report and take steps to remediate credit issues if they occur.

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Webinar: CFS Presents “Financial Coaching: A Webinar Presentation of National Training Models”

Findings from the 2016 Financial Coaching Census show that financial coaching training remains the most highly ranked resource to improving delivery of financial coaching to clients by census respondents. Building on the findings from the Coaching Census around training, discussions from the CFPB’s 2017 Financial Coaching Symposium highlighted a field-wide desire for collaboration, communication and clarity surrounding best-practices and preparation competencies taught through financial coaching training.

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Summer/Fall 2017 Financial Coaching Newsletter Now Available

Articles include:

  • Integrated Model Spotlight: Auto Loan Access Program, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
  • Financial Coaching Census 2016 Report Release
  • The Center for Financial Security Proposes New “FINMed” Coaching Model for Healthcare Settings
  • CFPB Releases Financial Coaching Symposium Report
  • Upcoming Financial Coaching Training Opportunities
  • Volunteer Financial Coaches Build Organizational Capacity and Help Individuals Take Control of Their Finances:
    A Brief on Evaluating Volunteer Financial Coaching at Points of Light
  • Resources and Outreach Opportunities from Prosperity Now and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
  • Review You Can Use: Coaching Psychology Manual

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Financial Coaching and Medication Adherence: Introducing the “FINMed” Coaching Model

The report introduces a new intervention called “FINMed.” FINMed is brief, solution-focused financial coaching session designed for people facing new ongoing out-of-pocket medical expenses or a pattern of problems paying for ongoing health care needs. The coaching involves:

  • Determining the patient’s health goals and motivation
  • Planning for the costs of health care
  • Setting up a process to make sure the patient will have the funds needed when the next set of care (e.g., refill or therapy session) is due

This reports present research into the relationship between household financial behaviors and the ability to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, particularly prescription drugs. Overall, households struggling to manage their finances appear more likely to skip medical treatments due to cost. In turn, failing to follow through on a medical treatment can lead to higher costs and worsening health status.

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Webinar: “Financial Coaching and Medication Adherence: The Potential for a New Model”

On June 28, 2017, the Center for Financial Security held a webinar presenting new research into the relationship between financial management behaviors and households’ ability to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses. The webinar introduced the “FINMed” financial coaching intervention designed to help families pay for ongoing health care needs.

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Finances and Health: A Survey of Clarifi Financial Counseling Clients

This brief examines the characteristics of credit counseling clients who experienced problems paying for their medications and analyzes which factors affect clients’ ability to pay for prescriptions. The data used in this brief were collected by Clarifi, a leading nonprofit financial counseling provider that serves about 15,000 Philadelphia-area residents each year. In the summer of 2016, Clarifi surveyed a sample of its non-housing counseling clients to document their credit status and medication use.

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