Survey on Financial Capability and Asset Building Services During COVID-19 is now Live!

The Center for Financial Security has partnered with the Asset Funders Network (AFN) to explore how financial capability service delivery has evolved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey will provide valuable insights into the equity and effectiveness of financial capability and asset building services during the pandemic and how to support and improve services going forward. CFS has launched this national survey to hear from financial practitioners and program leaders who can shed light on how clients have engaged with their services, how these shifts will impact their services going forward, and the role that funders can play in supporting virtual service delivery.

The survey will be open until Monday, November 1st. Upon completion of the survey, respondents will have the opportunity to enter a free drawing for a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards and an invitation to a preview of survey findings prior to public release in an online webinar presentation.

Spring 2021 Speaker Calendar

February 4: The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center, Discussion of Research Priorities and Information Session on Research Opportunities

February 11: Nancy Wong, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Have I Saved Enough to Social Distance? The Role of Household Financial Preparedness in Public Health Response

February 18: Steve Wendel, Behavioral Technology, & Cliff Robb, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Study design: Inoculations to Resist Online Scams

February 25: Marti DeLiema, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Identity theft and older Americans – Who experiences the worst outcomes?

March 4: Pamela Herd, Sebastian Jilke, Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University, Improving Public Understanding of OASI: An Experimental Approach

March 11: Isaac Swensen, Montana State University, The Effects of Expanding Access to Mental Health Treatment on SS(D)I Applications and Awards

March 18: Chris Herbert, Jen Molinsky, Samara Scheckler, Harvard University, Spending on Health Among Older Adults Before and After Mortgage Payoff

March 25: Won-tak Joo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Retirement in the Context of Intergenerational Transfers

April 1: Irena Dushi and Brad Trenkamp , Social Security Administration. Improving the Measurement of Retirement Income of the Aged Population

April 8: Yulya Truskinovsky, Wayne State University, Unemployment Shocks, Unemployment Insurance and Caregiving

April 15: John Nunley, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, R. Alan Seals, Auburn University, The Changing Task Content of Jobs for Older Workers

April 22: Patricia Boyle and Lei Yu, Rush University, and Gary Mottola, FINRA, Aging, financial exploitaiton and fraud

April 29: Stephanie Moulton, The Ohio State University, Economic Security in Retirement: Does borrowing from home equity moderate the impact of a health shock on health outcomes?

May 6: Lydia Ashton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Using Online SSDI Conversations to Improve Communication and Outreach?

May 13: Daniel Mangrum, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Impacts from Financial Aid Shocks: Evidence from Changes to Pell Grant Generosity

Our CFS Commitment to Change

The goal of the Center for Financial Security (CFS) is to develop evidence–high quality, rigorous research–that can guide policies, programs and financial systems that reduce inequities, and that include and support economically vulnerable people. We are driven by serious concerns about racial injustice, and its attendant economic insecurity, especially in light of the current pandemic and social issues that have only intensified disparities.

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CFS RDRC Training Program Information Session

Topic: CFS Training Opportunities

Time: Jan 14, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Fall 2020 Speaker Calendar

September 17: Christiana Stoddard, Montana State University, Determinants of the Use of Supplemental Security Income by American Indian and Alaska Natives

September 24: Kangli Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns and Stimulus Payments on Spending of U.S. Lower-income Consumers

October 1: Luisa Blanco, Pepperdine University, Mind your money: A community-based randomized controlled trial of a mobile financial capability intervention among Hispanics (read project description here)

October 8: Susan Carter, Westpoint, Financially Fit? Comparing the credit records of young service members and civilians

October 15: Justin Gallagher, Montana State University, Weathering an Unexpected Financial Shock: The Role of Cash Grants on Household Finance and Business Survival

October 22: Jialan Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Topic Title TBD

October 29: Ngoc Dao, University of Wisconsin-Madison, State Retirement Income Tax Break

November 5: Jordan van Rijn & Andres Shahidinejad, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Credit Unions & Market Competition

November 12: Lydia Ashton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, User-generated Content on SSDI Application Process

November 19: Crystal C. Hall, University of Washington, Applied Behavioral Science and Financial Decision Making: New Approaches and Insights

December 3: Melody Harvey, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Who Recalls High School Personal Finance?