Poverty is most often assessed using objective measures such as absolute and relative income levels. However, different individuals may experience different levels of financial stress at the same income level. Studies have found that the perception of income is only moderately correlated with actual income level and that it is the perception itself that relates
Like many people, I am a Mark Twain fan. Therefore, on a recent trip to Hartford, Connecticut I visited his historic home.
Browsing through the gift shop after the tour, the following book caught my eye, “Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friends: The Business Adventures of Mark Twain, Chronic Speculator and Entrepreneur” by Peter Krass. This
In 2018, two professors and a Ph.D. candidate in economics from the University of Bonn designed a study to investigate long-term income and wealth inequality in the United States. They were specifically interested in how the financial crisis of 2008 had exacerbated existing inequalities and disproportionately affected
Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts a survey of consumer finances, collecting information about family income, net worth, balance sheet components, credit use and other financial outcomes. The results of this survey were published in late September with some surprising results.
During the three years covered, real gross domestic product grew at an
More U.S. employers are offering financial wellness programs, yet the increasing popularity of this employee benefit has raised an important question: What exactly is “financial wellness”? If you asked 10 people this question, you’d likely get 10 different answers ranging from employee financial education, retirement planning, 401(k) advice, budgeting, debt management, estate planning and emergency
America’s current financial system is essentially broken for the many working Americans who live on the edge financially. Mismatched incentives are at the heart of the problem. One has only to look at the sad history of payday and car title loans, subprime mortgages, or bank overdraft “protection” schemes for examples of financial products and
My eyes are hot and tearful. I’m trembling, as my gasps for air grow increasingly difficult. I’m trapped.
Employees fully engaged in a financial wellness program can experience significant improvement in a short amount of time, particularly for those who are financially stressed, a new study suggests.
Financial Finesse’s “2019 Financial Wellness Year in Review” finds that employees who engaged in online, group and individual coaching with respect to
With layoffs, job losses and stock market fluctuations, nearly everyone is experiencing some sort of economic repercussion from the pandemic. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor now shows that there are more jobless claims than during the Great Recession or any natural disaster.
The government is stepping in to help with
Even as some states are reopening, many parents face telling their children that things they were looking forward to are effectively still canceled for them — because they can no longer afford them.
Economic distress from the pandemic is widespread, and many experts
COVID-19 has changed the day-to-day lives of millions of people and the vast majority of Americans are affected by social distancing measures to stop the spread of the disease. At the same time, equity markets have been volatile, and many people are out of work, at least temporarily.
One of the most pressing questions that many are
The coronavirus crisis has torn the Band-Aid off the financial fragility of many Americans. With an unemployment rate between 15% and 20%, bank accounts draining, and the Dow down 23% in the first quarter, things are dreadful for millions of people. But Americans in their 50s and 60s nearing retirement may be among the most
The coronavirus pandemic has challenged us all in ways never imagined. Not only does constant danger lurk of contracting COVID-19, but our daily routines have been turned upside down. It certainly doesn’t help that the virus has also placed enormous financial pressure on workers and businesses owners.
Over 22 million people have filed for unemployment, thrusting the United States into the worst crisis since the Great Depression, while other Americans worry that pay cuts and layoffs are on the horizon.
“Job loss can feel like a threat to our stability and survival,” Amanda Clayman, a psychotherapist
The need for employee financial wellness programs has increasingly gained attention in the past decade, and what began as general education initiatives have morphed into more actionable programs.
Offering a financial wellness program to employees was considered a value-added benefit, but the novel coronavirus pandemic suggests it is an urgent necessity.
“This outbreak has just shone a
While 75% of Americans consider themselves financially savvy, 36% don’t know how, or prefer not, to answer basic financial literacy questions, according to KeyBank’s 2020 Financial Wellness Survey. This Financial Capability Month, Americans are facing new and unprecedented wellness challenges—both financial and health related—due to the spread of COVID-19. With temporary
- A new survey from the National Endowment for Financial Education finds that nearly 9 in 10 (88%) Americans say the COVID-19 crisis is causing stress on their personal finances.
- Financial literacy cannot predict or remedy a crisis, but financial education will play a pivotal role in the economic recovery of our country.
Throughout April we
When do employees most need financial advice? In moments that matter, like what we’ve been experiencing with the global COVID-19 outbreak and recent market volatility.
The market swings of the past month have created anxiety for all investors. With financial concerns being the No. 1 workplace stressor, the decline in