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CFED’s Resource Directory is not only home to all of CFED’s publications, but also an extensive library of the latest tools, research and resources on asset building and expanding economic opportunity developed by the field. You can view the resources several different ways; publications published by CFED, resources sorted by topics/issue areas or perform a customized search of the complete library. The Directory is a work in progress so visit regularly for updates and new resources. If you would like to submit a resource to this directory, please email cfednews@cfed.org.

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Imparting Early Lessons about Personal Finance

Imparting Early Lessons about Personal Finance

Emerging research indicates that, as with so many life lessons, parents are often the first source of children’s lessons about money — especially when the children are in elementary school (approximately 6-11 years old). During this period, rather than learning about specific money strategies, young children are typically learning some of the basics of personal finance. These lessons usually take the form of general values and beliefs about money and its uses, as opposed to concrete instructions about how to manage it.

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What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation, makes clear why every household’s financial health matters for the U.S. economy to thrive. The book demonstrates how those who work outside traditional financial capacity building in education, health, housing, workforce training, justice and other sectors play a critical role in removing barriers to financial health and well-being. Through more than 30 essays authored by experts from across a broad range of fields, What It’s Worth provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face, the enormous creativity and innovation already happening to increase financial well-being, and how we can implement proven and emerging solutions.

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2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

Released annually, this year's Assets & Opportunity Scorecard examines 130 policy and outcome measures to develop an understanding of how residents are doing in their quest to seize economic opportunity and what states are doing to help get them get ahead. The findings of the 2016 Scorecard reveal that even though many economists agree that the U.S. economy has rebounded from the Great Recession, that recovery hasn't meant a return to the financial stability that many households once enjoyed. Hampered by high underemployment rates and low-wage jobs, the financial situations of millions of American households are tenuous at best, especially for the 44% who live in liquid asset poverty.

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