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Employment Challenges

Once justice-involved individuals re-enter society, there are numerous barriers to gain employment that often force them to make difficult decisions.

Financial Health and Criminal Justice: The Stories of Justice-Involved Individuals and Their Families

The Financial Health Network presents a look into how one’s financial health impacts their ability to navigate the U.S. criminal justice system, and how their involvement in that system impacts their financial health. In partnership with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Center for Economic and Social Research, we interviewed 36 individuals who shared their multifaceted experiences with the criminal justice system, highlighting multiple areas ripe for innovation.

Financial Data: The Consumer Perspective

While technology-driven financial products, services, and institutions have the potential to benefit consumers, they can also pose new risks due to the increased availability of financial data. To better understand the consumer perspective on the use of financial data, the Financial Health Network fielded a nationally representative survey. The findings in this report describe consumer understanding of practices in the financial data ecosystem, and consumer preferences on how they would like personal data to be treated. These findings can serve as a guide to both industry stakeholders and policymakers as they seek to build trust and ensure that both practice and policy serve consumers.

The Worker Financial Wellness Initiative – Making Workers’ Financial Security and Health a C-Suite Priority

The Worker Financial Wellness Initiative was designed to make workers' financial health a priority for executives. Learn why we believe America's largest companies should conduct a Worker Financial Wellness Assessment. JUST Capital and PayPal, in collaboration with the Financial Health Network and the Good Jobs Institute, have established a new initiative to make workers’ financial security and health a C-suite and investor priority. The organizations are calling on the CEOs of America’s largest companies to conduct a Worker Financial Wellness Assessment as a vital first step toward understanding the financial vulnerability of their workforce. Leading research shows that when workers are more financially secure, key business outcomes such as productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee turnover and engagement also improve.

Measuring the financial health of Americans

Despite the vast data collected by our government, we lack an accepted method of assessing financial health. Learn why we must measure not only each household’s annual income but also its annual spending, saving, borrowing, and planning habits to identify communities whose financial health is poor, deteriorating, or failing to keep pace with overall improvements.

FinHealth Spend Report 2021

With this report – an evolution of our Financially Underserved Market Size Study – we shed light on how much households paid for a variety of everyday financial products and services in 2020, through lenses of financial health, income, race, and ethnicity.

Designing Digital Financial Advisory Tools for Low-to-Moderate Income Older Adults

Most low-to-moderate income (LMI) older adults are financially challenged to reach retirement and maintain their quality of life as they age. This report showcases research insights and design features that financial service providers can leverage to better support the needs of this group as they approach retirement, produced in partnership with the Institute of Consumer Money Management.

Financial Health Leaders Lab: Innovation Highlights

Developing and testing innovative solutions is key to advancing financial health. That’s the driving force behind the Financial Health Leaders Lab – a program that supports the groundbreaking work of organizations at the forefront of financial health measurement, like those profiled here.

How Financial Institutions Can Structure Small-Dollar Credit for Financial Health

Recent regulatory developments have opened opportunities for lenders – particularly banks – to offer small-dollar credit. Data shows that investing in customers’ financial health results in greater long-term loyalty and profitability. In this brief for financial institutions and other lenders, the Financial Health Network offers a series of recommendations for supporting the short and long-term financial wellness of small-dollar credit customers.

Financial Health Pulse
 Balancing Today, Building Tomorrow: How Financially Coping Americans Plan, Save, and Invest

Balancing Today, Building Tomorrow: How Financially Coping Americans Plan, Save, and Invest

Even before COVID-19, millions of Americans were struggling financially, with more than half the population classified as Financially Coping. As job losses mount, savings are spent down, household debt grows, and investments shrink during the pandemic, Americans need financial support more than ever. This new research sheds light on how providers can support the saving and investing behaviors of Financially Coping consumers, ultimately improving both their immediate and long-term financial health.

Financial Health Can Be So… Retro

Some of the most popular financial health tools introduced by fintechs actually replicate and automate habits and “life hacks” that many households used successfully before the era of electronic banking and payments. These digital “retronovations” bode well for banks and credit unions seeking to offer services that help their customers while also bringing subscription revenues that lessen institutions’ dependence on penalty fees.

Supporting the Financial Lives of America’s Young People

Principal® Foundation research shows that In the United States, 54% of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 report they have hit financial rock bottom – a situation made worse by pandemic-related job losses and college closures. This report shares new potential solutions from the Principal Foundation YouthCan Initiative Innovation Challenge, which supports organizations working to tackle the financial issues facing young people today.

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