Webinar: CFS Presents “The Effects of Access to Banking Services on Elementary Students’ Financial Learning: A Field Study”

The Center for Financial Security held a webinar on April 24, 2018, which explored findings from a field study examining the effects of access to financial services on elementary students’ financial learning. The field study describes two school-based savings programs targeted to elementary-age students. Using differential access to school branches, as well as randomized seed deposits for opening an account, researchers were able to estimate the effects of students having savings accounts on changes in financial knowledge and behavior.

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May 2018 Financial Coaching Training

Date: May 16 & 17, 2018

Where: Human Services Conference Room #130, 111 W. Jackson Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54495

Cost: $245

Description: University of Wisconsin trainers will provide a 2-day workshop on skills and strategies for financial coaches. This workshop is designed as an introduction to financial coaching and can also be used as a refresher to practice and advance coaching skills.

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The Rise of Mortgages in Retirement: A Webinar Exploration of Study Findings and Insights

The Center for Financial Security produced a webinar on March 14, 2018 exploring the findings from a study examining the increasing rate of mortgages among elderly households and reasons for this rise. Following the research presentation, discussants from the AARP Foundation and Elder Financial Safety Center with The Senior Source offered insights into how these findings may impact programmatic efforts to serve older Americans and current initiatives that are in place to address this growing mortgage trend.

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J. Michael Collins Receives Romnes Award

J. Michael Collins, Faculty Director

 J. Michael Collins, Faculty Director of the Center for Financial Security and Associate Professor in Consumer Science, was awarded the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships Award. This program, funded by WARF in recognition of the leadership of the late WARF Trustee President H. I. Romnes, is designed to bridge the gap between the Research Committee’s initial research support for new faculty and the Mid-Career Award for Faculty Research. Dr. Collins research on consumer behavior insights focus primarily on the role of information in consumer decision making, especially for low-income and vulnerable households. Dr. Collins serves UW Cooperative Extension as a state specialist in family economics and household finance.

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Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign Named Recipient Of Governor’s Financial Literacy Award 2017

Governor Scott Walker announced recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. Eighteen individuals, businesses, and organizations were chosen as recipients for the award. The UW-Extension Family Living Program’s Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign was announced as one of the recipients of the award. Since 2013, the Family Living Program has conducted a “Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign,” which seeks to increase Wisconsin residents’ access to, and understanding of, their credit histories. Residents can sign up for e-mail reminders every four months (2/2, 6/6, and 10/10) to check their credit scores with one of the three major credit reporting bureaus. Since 2013, 940 Wisconsin residents have signed up for the reminder e-mails – 181 of them in 2017 alone.

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March 2018 Financial Coaching Training

Date: March 21 & 22, 2018

Where: United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
225 W Vine St
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Cost: $245

Description: University of Wisconsin trainers will provide a 2-day workshop on skills and strategies for financial coaches. This workshop is designed as an introduction to financial coaching and can also be used as a refresher to practice and advance coaching skills.

A|4 Financial Coaching Foundations Workshop, March 21 & 22, 2018

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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: “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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