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The 2014 Children’s Savings Conference, From Aspirations to Achievement, demonstrated the tremendous energy, momentum and dynamism of the children’s savings field and how far it has come since the last national conference five years ago. Dozens of new programs have sprouted across the country, including major new epicenters of energy in cities, counties and states. The overarching takeaway from the Conference is that practice, policy and research are coalescing to make this an opportune moment for scaling Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs). The time for action and commitment is now.
This study examined the key financial product, service and capability needs of low- and moderate-income microbusiness owners and shed light on the extent to which they are being met by current market offerings. The study is based on a set of surveys that document business owners’ greatest financial challenges, the types of financial products and services they use and the aspects of financial management with which they struggle.
Five years into the economic recovery, most American families no longer live in fear of losing their jobs or their homes. Yet, these families continue to exist in a state of persistent financial insecurity, making it difficult to look beyond immediate needs and plan for a more secure future. While indicators like unemployment, foreclosure and credit card debt show a slow but steady decline, the percentage of people who do not have a personal financial safety net hasn’t budged. Nearly half (44%) of households in the United States are “liquid asset poor,” meaning they have less than three months’ worth of savings—conservatively measured as $5,887 for a family of four, or three times monthly income at the poverty level.