Apr 26, 2013
Last week, Hawai`i Governor Abercrombie signed HB 868 into law, eliminating the asset test in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, making Hawai`i the seventh state to do so.
Apr 25, 2013
Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a new white paper examining payday and deposit advance loans.
Mar 12, 2013
Many public benefit programs— like cash welfare, Medicaid and food assistance—limit eligibility
Mar 8, 2013
Last week, Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall announced a new initiative to open a college savings account for every incoming kindergartener
Jan 31, 2013
In case you missed the national release webinar, the recording and powerpoint are available online.
Nov 6, 2012
This week, the The Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2012 Fall Research Conference will again include a number of panels and papers that highlight new asset-based research that directly inform policy and practice.
Oct 18, 2012
Resources from the national webinar on recent policy progress and election predictions for 2013
Oct 16, 2012
This morning, CFED released new data on the strength of state policies that help families create financial security and opportunity.
Oct 8, 2012
The powerpoint and recording from Thursday's Behavioral Economics Q&A Webinar are now available to download.
Oct 2, 2012
Of the 65 Concurrent Sessions at the ALC, one of the ones I was most looking forward to
Sep 13, 2012
The number of unbanked and underbanked Americans has grown slightly since 2009, according to new data released by the FDIC yesterday.
Jul 27, 2012
New research helps dispel some of the myths that the payday loan industry has tried to push over the years.
Jul 10, 2012
The vast majority of Americans make more than their parents, but that doesn’t mean they’re climbing the economic ladder.
Jun 26, 2012
New data from the Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances show that household income and wealth significantly dropped from 2007 to 2010.
May 16, 2012
In 2012, a number of cities and states are considering policies to curb predatory small dollar lending, and in particular, payday lending.
May 4, 2012
One of the big takeaways from the recently-released 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is that no matter how you measure it, financial insecurity in the U.S. is on the rise.
Apr 24, 2012
Teaching children the fundamentals of savings and financial education early in life means
Apr 6, 2012
CFED, in partnership with Rural Dynamics Inc. and Lakota Funds, will be presenting at the fifth national Grassroots & Groundwork conference, from June 6-8 in Prior Lake, Minnesota.
Apr 4, 2012
New data from the Council for Economic Education shows that school-based financial education has plateaued and may even be on the decline.
Mar 15, 2012
There has been a lot of state policy action across the country
Mar 14, 2012
Today, David Rothstein from Policy Matters Ohio is testifying to the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing entitled “Examining Issues in the Prepaid Card Market.”
Feb 14, 2012
Watch two short narrated presentations about the Scorecard - including key data findings and the strength of states' policies.
Jan 20, 2012
Suze Orman, the financial advice guru, has been in the news recently for offering a branded prepaid card.
Jan 12, 2012
CFED’s Policy & Research team created a short fact sheet that provides an overview of research on assets and their effect on financial stability and economic opportunity.
Jan 11, 2012
2011 was an eventful state policy year, to say the least! Below are highlights of some of the most significant state policy changes of 2011.
Dec 24, 2011
When people picture the North Pole, they think about elves, Santa Claus, reindeer and toy workshops.
Dec 14, 2011
Where are the all-time most unbanked places in America? New data is available for every census tract, city/place and county in the country.
Dec 6, 2011
On December 6, CFED and the Northern Plains Initiative held a webinar on the strength of state policies
Nov 21, 2011
On November 17, about 200 advocates, service providers, funders, financial institutions, academics and government agencies across the country joined us for a webinar on the new
Nov 18, 2011
A lot has happened with state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) over the past year. These policy changes were captured in our newly released Scorecard Resource Guide on Tax Credits for Working Families.
Nov 15, 2011
Last week, PolicyLink held its fourth national Equity Summit in Detroit, bringing
Nov 10, 2011
A few days ago, the two of us attended a forum in Washington titled “Big Ideas for Job Creation.”
Nov 8, 2011
The Census Bureau released its much-anticipated supplemental poverty measure. The goal of this new measure is to provide a more accurate picture of poverty in the United States.
Nov 2, 2011
Last week we released new data on the strength of state policies that help families build and
Oct 27, 2011
The Pew Health Group released a new report on the unbanked and underbanked in Los Angeles, "Slipping Behind: Low-Income Los Angeles Households Drift Further from the Financial Mainstream."
Sep 30, 2011
Michigan recently introduced a new policy that will reinstate the asset test in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), limiting benefits to people with few or no assets.
Sep 16, 2011
As part of the 2009-2010 Assets & Opportunity Campaign, CFED worked with 25 state partners to improve state-level policies related to asset building and protection as a means of expanding economic opportunity.
Aug 16, 2011
West Virginia recently launched the SMART529 Matching Grant Program to incentivize college savings for low- and moderate-income residents.
Jul 27, 2011
During the 2011 legislative session there was—and continues to be—significant action at the state level around
Jul 11, 2011
This morning, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity posted content in their Exclusive Commentary section about
Jul 7, 2011
We all have the best intentions to exercise, keep our New Year’s resolutions (remember those?) and save money
Jun 29, 2011
On May 18, North Dakota launched a new program to help families save for college.
Jun 21, 2011
Last week, I attended the Center for Financial Services Innovation’s (CFSI) Underbanked Financial Services Forum.
Jun 15, 2011
On June 9, Alabama Governor Bentley signed into law SB 295, which created a state Individual Development Account (IDA) program
May 26, 2011
In 2010, nine states reduced or eliminated funding for Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).
Apr 28, 2011
“Umm…how old are you? Are you sure you know how to do taxes?”
Apr 26, 2011
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest federal anti-poverty program; it provided about $59 billion
Mar 11, 2011
It’s that time of year again! No, I don’t mean Mardi Gras. I’m talking about the 2011 National Financial Capability Challenge, sponsored by the Department of Treasury.