Research and Press Releases

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12/6/11 MetLife White Paper Finds Employee Financial Wellness a Growing Global Concern for Employers
  As the effects of the recent financial crisis continue to be felt across the globe, financial stress is an issue for both women and men. MetLife's 9th Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends found that 58% of employers state that financial "illness" plays a role in employee absenteeism and 78% said that concerns over financial problems while at work can have a negative impact on employee productivity. And it has been estimated that 15% of workers are experiencing stress from their poor financial behaviors to the extent that it reduces their job productivity.
4/7/11 New FDIC Guideline Supports Financial Literacy
  Beginning July 1, 2011, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will initiate guidelines that will strongly urge financial institutions to offer either free to low-cost financial education or individualized financial counseling to consumers who are enrolled in automated overdraft payment programs. The new guideline is an effort to teach consumers how to effectively manage personal finances.
4/5/11 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey Reveals Troubling Contradictions
  The results of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling’s (NFCC) fifth annual Financial Literacy Survey suggest some troubling contradictions. Reversing the trend witnessed over the past few years, 26 percent of U.S. adults now report that they are spending more than they did one year ago, shedding some of the more conservative spending habits they adopted during the recent recession. At the same time, more than two in five Americans grade themselves as C, D or F in their knowledge of personal finance, acknowledging that they lack the know-how to make sound financial decisions.
3/31/11 Take the CredAbility Financial Literacy Quiz and See If You Are Making the Best Use of Your Money
  April is Financial Literacy Month—how well do you understand the basics of money management? Take this quiz from CredAbility to see if you are making the best use of your money
3/29/11 AICPA and SHRM Launch "Workplace Leader in Financial Education Award"
  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Society for Human Resource Management today launched the “Workplace Leader in Financial Education Award,” the first national honor for employers who provide financial education programs that improve the personal well-being of their employees.
3/22/11 Financial Literacy Month Contest Stresses Education and Responsibility
  To celebrate Financial Literacy Month 2011, InCharge Debt Solutions has launched the "Be InCharge of Your Debt Contest." All United States citizens with eligible credit card debt are encouraged to enter the contest between April 4, 2011 and April 29, 2011.
2/22/11 Florida Saves Week Receives Proclamation from Governor
  Florida Jump$tart President and UF Asst. Professor Michael Gutter along with Dean Millie Ferrer-Chancy were invited by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater to attend a proclamation ceremony to kickoff Florida Saves Week.
6/8/10 Study Shows Need for Teacher Training in Personal Finance
  While 89 percent of K-12 teachers agree that students should either take a financial education course or pass a competency test for personal finance before graduating from high school, relatively few teachers believe they are adequately prepared to teach such topics, according to a study by two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
9/10/09 Understanding the Basic Facts about Credit Scores
  The Wall Street Journal -- Credit scores need to be understood since, as this article notes, there are many misconceptions about them. For example, they don't tell the whole story about a consumer's financial health; they just show a snapshot of debt at a specific moment. Karen Blumenthal writes that paying on time is the most important factor in a consumer's credit score; that vendors may score a consumer's credit even if the consumer didn't ask for it; and that consumers who purchase credit reports may not learn their actual rating.
4/21/06 Florida Specific Jump$tart Survey Results for 2006
  A nationwide survey conducted for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy reveals that high school students in Florida got less than half of the answers correct on the personal finance survey. On average, students in Florida answered 47.4 percent of the questions correctly, which is lower than the national average. This fell short of the national average which is 52.4, up from the 52.3 percent in 2004, 50.2 percent in 2002 and 50.9 in 2000.
9/4/09 Grant Money Available from the Florida Jump$tart Coalition®
  The Florida Jump$tart Coalition® has grant money available to its Partners for the purpose of conducting financial literacy training. Through the efforts of Honorary Chair Rosanna Jacobsen, the Coalition received the grant from the United Parcel Service to increase financial literacy in Florida through outreach efforts to students and educators. Grants are awarded up to $500. An organization (Partner) may receive up to two grants per calendar year. Application for the grant can be found under the Downloads link.