Fintech

In Their Words: What Older Adults Struggling Financially Need

By Farah Manjiyani, Manager, Financial Health Network Despite the recent stimulus, increased vaccinations, and gathering momentum of reopenings across the country, millions are still struggling with their financial health. Ongoing economic uncertainty, job loss, and physical health concerns have caused many to shift financial priorities just to stay afloat. In the Financial Health Network’s latest…

Financial Wellness for Employees: Insights from Five Fintechs

Employer-channel fintechs play an increasingly crucial role in supporting employees’ financial health through products like low-cost loans, and financial coaching. The Financial Solutions Lab partnered with the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis to examine the uptake, usage, and impact of five companies: Brightside, HoneyBee, Manifest, MedPut, and Onward.

Fintech Innovation Leader Joins the Financial Health Network

By Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO, Financial Health Network Through our innovation work via the Financial Solutions Lab, we’ve reached more than 5 million low- to moderate-income consumers (and 10 million consumers in total) to date with solutions to improve their financial health. Innovation is at the heart of the Financial Health Network’s mission, fueling…

Fintech for All: Closing the Generation Gap in a COVID-19 World

By Hannah Gdalman, Associate and Stevenson Fellow, Financial Health Network With shelter in place orders in effect across the globe, more and more people are replacing their analog routines with digital ones — highlighting the increasing importance of technology as a means of social connection, personal empowerment, commerce, and financial management. For older generations, who face the…

Restoring Lost Tools, Reframing “Consumer Choice”

By Corey Stone, Entrepreneur in Residence, Financial Health Network I’ve tried to mount a case that the new fintech apps that seem to have the greatest potential to improve consumers’ financial health represent “retronovations,” innovations that actually restore old practices. Earmarking income, adding fixed installments to revolving credit lines, digitizing and automating the check register,…

Something Old, Something New

By Corey Stone, Entrepreneur in Residence, Financial Health Network I recently tried reconnecting with a college friend I hadn’t seen for decades. We’d each settled on different coasts, married, and raised families. When I first reached out by email I found our communications jarring. The clipped, efficient sentences and abbreviations we typed on our devices…

Deep Impact Through Collaborative Design

By Tanya Ladha, Director, Financial Health Network Financial technology companies, or fintechs, have altered consumer’s approach to their financial lives and financial health. Whether someone wants to save more, budget better, track their spending, or all of the above, there are many apps to support those efforts. Fintech companies can reach consumers anywhere, anytime, with…