2015 Financial Popular Press Book Reviews

Book selections to keep you learning through the summer: Listen now:  2015 Book Reviews Moderator:  Michael Collins, Associate Professor in Consumer Finance and Extension State Specialist, Center for Financial Security Books: “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” – 2009,  reviewed by Collin O’Rourke/Sherry Daniels, Portage County  “Life & Debt: a fresh approach to achieving […]

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Measuring Financial Security: Using the Financial Capability Scale

The Financial Capability Scale is an easy to use field-ready tool to measure the financial capability status of clients in financial programs.  It uses questions tested by the Center for Financial Security that, similar to a credit score, provide an easy mechanism to measure current financial status. Issue Brief: The Financial Capability Scale mp3 file*: […]

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Food Insecurity and Family Finances

Judi Bartfeld and J. Michael Collins introduce a discussion of the interrelationship between food and financial insecurity, using a unique data set collected in predominantly low-income schools across Wisconsin in collaboration with community-based educators. Issue Brief: Food Insecurity and Family Finances: Evidence from Wisconsin School Children mp3 file*: Food Insecurity and Family Finances (conversation on 10/27/2014) […]

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Family Financial Aspects of Health Care

This brief covers the financial aspects of health coverage and describe how health insurance works.  The brief outlines all the costs that make up the total cost of a family’s health coverage and what has changed with the Affordable Care Act.  The brief concludes with ways to track and save on costs. Issue Brief: Family […]

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Summer Reading for Financial Educators

This time on Lunchtime Learning – summer reading selections to keep you learning until we return in September. Books discussed – Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, Heath, Chip Protecting Your Parents’ Money: The Essential Guide to Helping Mom and Dad Navigate the Finances of Retirement, Opdyke, Jeff D. Scarcity: Why […]

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The Emergence of Mobile Finance

The Emergence of Mobile Finance: what it means for you and your community. The majority of financial payments have switched from paper checks to electronic payments.  For more than a decade, people have managed bank accounts and paid bills online using home computers. The emergence of mobile phones has expanded the use of mobile devices […]

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Employer and Workplace-based Financial Education

This brief describes recent research on workplace-based financial education delivered by or with community based educators. The goal of this review is to inform educators and encourage dialogue with local partners. Issue Brief: Employer and Workplace-based Financial Education mp3 file*:Employer and Workplace-based Financial Education(conversation on 1/20/2014) *Listen now or download the audio file to an […]

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New Learning Strategies for Online Financial Learning

The opportunity to utilize online innovations for financial learning is rapidly expanding.  This brief offers examples of strategies that are currently available and the ways that they can be used to enhance financial education for community-based educators.  The brief is rich in resources which are also listed below for your convenience. Issue Brief:  Using New […]

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New Strategies for Financial Education for Preschool Aged Children and Families

There are many financial education programs targeted at adults and high school students, and even a few aimed at school children. Strategies are now emerging to deliver programs and curricula aimed even at very young children, age 4-5, before entering elementary school.  This brief summarizes recent research that informs financial education strategies for preschool age […]

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Protecting Elders from Financial Abuse

Financial abuse involves the misuse of a senior’s financial resources by family members, friends or (more rarely) strangers.  This brief further defines financial abuse, why elderly are targets, and the warning signs that abuse may be occurring.  The brief also gives tips for preventing financial abuse and what to do when abuse is suspected.  Most […]

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