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 New Pulse Data Shows Stimulus Payments Jump Started Spending But Funds Slowest to Reach Low-Income Individuals

New Pulse Data Shows Stimulus Payments Jump Started Spending But Funds Slowest to Reach Low-Income Individuals

Chicago, IL, May 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Financial Health Network, the nation’s authority on financial health, with support from the Citi Foundation, today released its first Financial Health Pulse Points brief featuring transactional data that highlights the effects of the two federal stimulus payments and tax refunds issued in early 2021 on account […]

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands Announced as the 2021 Financial Health Visionary Award Recipient

Chicago, IL, May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Financial Health Network, the leading authority on financial health, today announced that H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), will be the recipient of the 2021 Financial Health Visionary Award during the EMERGE Financial Health virtual event […]

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 3 Takeaways from EMERGE Workplace

3 Takeaways from EMERGE Workplace

By Matt Bahl, Vice President, Workplace Market Lead, Financial Health Network The pandemic has made it clear that workplace benefits are evolving. As Harvard Business Review recently reported, the vast majority of leaders are planning to expand benefits as a result of the COVID-19. What should your organization be considering? We designed our inaugural EMERGE…

2021 FinHealth Spend Report Shows Financially Coping and Vulnerable Households Spent $255B for Everyday Financial Services

Chicago, IL, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Financial Health Network, the nation’s authority on financial health, in partnership with Prudential Financial, today released The FinHealth Spend Report 2021, the evolution of our annual market sizing report showing Financially Coping and Vulnerable households account for 84% of spending on fees and interest for financial […]

Driving the Work of Economic Equity in Underserved Communities

While for many people in the U.S., seeing a bank—or several—is a daily occurrence, a lack of access to financial services is unfortunately a familiar story for underserved communities, especially communities of color. Last year, the Cherry Hill neighborhood of South Baltimore celebrated the opening of a 5,000-square-foot Chase bank branch, marking an important milestone: it was the first national bank to ever open in this historically Black community. Presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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.

The Future of Financial Wellness is Taking Shape

As the way we work changes, financial wellness should adapt too. Explore these new ideas that are shaping the future. While the initial thrust into remote work was a crisis response, it is now being embraced by both employees and employers. In fact, many companies plan to maintain remote workforces. Presented by Morgan Stanley at Work

How Measurement Can Put Teeth Behind Stakeholder Capitalism

By Marisa Walster, Senior Director On January 26, global business leaders announced a commitment to the core Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its International Business Council (IBC). This is just one example of a growing movement to put more teeth behind the idea of stakeholder capitalism — the notion…

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 The U.S. Financial Health Pulse: A Roadmap for Recovery

The U.S. Financial Health Pulse: A Roadmap for Recovery

By: Thea Garon, Senior Director As vaccines roll out across the country, the Biden administration is considering bold policies to help struggling households, businesses, and communities recover from the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For these efforts to be successful, the new administration – along with businesses, employers, and other stakeholders –…

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…

Good Jobs Matter: Investing in Worker Financial Health

By Karla Henriquez, Senior Associate and Beth Brockland, Senior Director Throughout our “Good Jobs Matter” blog series, we have explored the relationship between good jobs and financial health, particularly for low-income workers. But for employers committed to supporting worker financial health, investing in job quality is only part of the solution. In this final installment…

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 The 4 Phases of the COVID-19 Economy – What Comes Next?

The 4 Phases of the COVID-19 Economy – What Comes Next?

By Helen Robb, Senior Manager, Financial Health Network With the arrival of a new administration in D.C. in a few weeks, it’s time to refocus on what Americans need now to support their financial health. Our recently released 2020 Trends Report found that many Americans were able to cope during the pandemic largely because of…

Good Jobs Matter: Improving Job Quality for Low-Income Workers

By Karla Henriquez Senior Associate This is a continuation of our Good Jobs Matter series, exploring “good jobs” and financial health. See the first blog in the series here. Which job qualities are most important for improving a worker’s financial health? As it turns out, wages matter, but so do benefits. For all workers, employee…

Dodging the Overdraft Bullet (So Far)

By Corey Stone Entrepreneur-in-Residence Back in early April, the Financial Health Network published a short piece of mine calling for banks and credit unions to grant universal forbearance on overdraft fees during the pandemic. I hypothesized that, as newly unemployed workers drained their savings to cover basic living expenses, many would overdraw their bank accounts…

Good Jobs Matter: Worker Financial Health During COVID-19

By Karla Henriquez Senior Associate COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, resulting in higher unemployment than the Great Recession. Many of these workers have lost not only the financial security of a paycheck, but also the health benefits that often accompany a full-time job. Therefore, it…

New Financial Health Network Report Finds Many Employers Taking Action to Improve Employee Financial Health Benefits Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chicago, IL, Nov. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Financial Health Network, the nation’s authority on financial health, today released the “Know Better, Do Better: Building an Effective Financial Health Benefits Strategy” report in partnership with Morgan Stanley at Work, showing that close to 90% (86%) say they are aware of their employees’ financial health […]

Will Financial Health Be the Next Transformation in Banking?

by Marisa Walster, Senior Director Recent history has certainly been eventful for the financial services industry. From the Great Recession of 2008 to the rise of smartphones, the industry has been confronted by global catalysts that have changed the face of consumer banking in the U.S. As we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic…

What Gets Measured Gets Managed: Making Employee Financial Health Personal

By Matt Bahl Vice President, Market Lead Workplace, Financial Health Network Recently, the Financial Health Network entered into a new collaborative partnership with PayPal, JUST Capital, and the Good Jobs Institute to encourage the nation’s largest employers to prioritize employee financial health. This initiative, the Worker Financial Wellness Initiative, centers around a simple, yet often…

New Report Explores Financial Health of Young Adults of Color

Chicago, IL, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Financial Health Network, the nation’s authority on financial health, in partnership with the GenForward Survey research program from the University of Chicago, today released a new report called “Race, Ethnicity, and The Financial Lives of Young Adults: Exploring Disparities in Financial Health Outcomes.” The report finds […]

Workplace and Healthcare Leaders Join the Financial Health Network

By Sarah Gordon, Chief Market Development Officer, Financial Health Network Over the last few years, the Financial Health Network has been working to identify new avenues to expand our mission of financial health for all. The workplace — specifically human resources practitioners at midsize and large employers– and healthcare emerged as two defining areas where organizations can…

Millions of American Families at Risk of Missing Out on Economic Relief. Again.

By Dan Murphy, Policy Manager, Financial Health Network When the CARES Act was enacted on March 27, it stabilized the financial health of millions of families facing massive unemployment and other economic hardships in the wake of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it also left millions of American families out of the law’s broadest relief provision — Economic Impact Payments….

Why Undocumented Workers Deserve to Be Included in the Social Safety Net

By Arjun Kaushal, Associate, Financial Health Network As Congress discusses the extension of stimulus programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the outstanding issues has been whether the next round of benefits will extend to the millions of undocumented immigrants and their families who have, so far, been left out. But this debate…

Beyond Messaging: Financial Health Is No Longer a Nice-To-Have

By Naomi Adams Bata Vice President, Financial Health Network Just over a year ago at the 2019 EMERGE: Financial Health Forum, Jennifer Tescher announced the Financial Health Network’s new name and tagline: Financial Health for All. Our organization rebrand was a rallying cry to encourage other organizations –our Members, funders, industry thought leaders –to invest…

Policy Perspective: Supporting Consumers in a Financial Health Crisis

Author: Dan Murphy One striking feature of the Covid-19 economic crisis is just how different it is from our most recent financial crisis. While the subprime mortgage crisis began with an immediate shock to financial markets, the economic crisis brought about by this pandemic began with an immediate shock to public health that quickly impacted…

The Complexities of Caregiving: Financial Health and the Aging Crisis

By Kelsey Kruslak Manager, Financial Health Network I’m not a typical millennial. Besides the occasional avocado toast, I don’t have student debt, I own my house, and I have good savings habits. I was one of the 24% of millennials who were Financially Healthy before the global pandemic, according to the Financial Health Network’s FinHealth…

The Case for a Place-Based Approach to Financial Health

By Necati Celik Associate, Financial Health Network Place is security, space is freedom: we are attached to the one and long for the other.  Yi Fu Tuan, 2001: 3 There’s no place like home. Due to the pandemic, home has now become both the workplace and the playground for many of us. But what is…

Motivating Change: Behavioral Economics and Financial Health

By Heidi Johnson Director, Financial Health Network Director Heidi Johnson joined the Financial Health Network team in 2019 to lead our work applying behavioral insights to the design and delivery of financial health products. She comes to our organization from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where she led a behavioral research program and contributed to…

Turning the Tide: Addressing Climate Change and Financial Health

By Eric Wilson Senior Associate, Financial Health Network As a data analyst at the Financial Health Network, I spend a lot of time with our U.S. Financial Health Pulse data set, searching for possible drivers of financial health. So, when combing through survey participants’ descriptions of shocks to their household finances, I found a number…

A Broken Criminal Justice System Impacts Financial Health, Too

By Josh Sledge, Senior Director and Arjun Kaushal, Associate, Financial Health Network The tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of police has once again brought the inequities of the criminal justice system into focus. The violence captured on film has rightfully drawn a passionate response, as protestors demand justice for Floyd and an…

How Insurance Must Evolve to Serve Customers in Crisis

By Sarah Parker, Senior Director, Financial Health Network In the midst of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are realizing that insurance is not a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. Life insurance carriers report a marked increase in interest from new customers who want to purchase policies, as people recognize the importance…

The Financial Lives of Older Adults in the Era of COVID-19

By Jacquelyn Reineke, Manager and Heidi Johnson, Director, Financial Health Network There is no denying that the COVID-19 crisis has turned the world upside down. Everyone has had to deal with daily changes to their routines and come to terms with a new normal, but vulnerable populations — in particular, aging Americans — have faced the most devastating consequences…

Speaking Out About Racial Discrimination: A Letter To Our Staff

By Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO, Financial Health Network Below is the blog I shared with the Financial Health Network staff in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police and the protests and civil unrest that have followed: Putting emotions into words is hard right now. Like you, I…

Measuring Financial Health in the Middle of a Pandemic

By Alejandra Ruales, Senior Manager, Financial Health Network Amid the economic devastation of COVID-19, understanding the financial health of households has never been more important. In this time of uncertainty, financial health measurement can provide real-time information on how the virus is affecting customers, employees, and small businesses, as well as information on where organizations…

New Pulse Data: Those Who Need COVID-19 Stimulus Most Are the Last to Get It

By David Silberman, Senior Advisor, Financial Health Network The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic dislocation. Tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs, at least temporarily, and millions more have seen their hours drastically cut. Those job and wage losses have fallen disproportionately on low-wage workers, especially blacks and Latinos, who are concentrated…

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…

How to Manage Money in a Pandemic: A Behavioral Research-Based Approach

By Heidi Johnson, Director, Behavioral Economics, Financial Health Network In the past few weeks, record-breaking numbers of people have filed claims for unemployment as industries shut down in response to the novel coronavirus. Millions of people have very suddenly and unexpectedly lost their jobs or substantial portions of their income. While policymakers are responding by…

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