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On Why 100 Million Americans Are Financially Stressed And Will Likely Stay That Way

In January 2016 I founded a tech start-up help Americans make better financial decisions. I’ve since learned that most people are stressed out because they save little, have enormous debt, don’t know where their money goes and feel they’re not on track to meeting their long-term goals. I also found that the reasons for this are so

Financial Wellness Programs Take Center Stage with Employers

Five years ago, employers were just starting to provide workers with financial benefits beyond their retirement plan, but now financial wellness appears to be firmly entrenched in the benefits space, according to a recent report. Nearly two-thirds of employers say they are very likely to take steps in 2019 to create or focus on the

6 Things Fortnite Can Teach Us About Financial Wellness And Behavior Change

What does America’s obsession with Fortnite have to do with financial wellness programs and financial behavior change? Surprisingly, more than you would think. Fortnite is on track to be the most popular video game in history and is currently beating out television and movies for user engagement. For those who play it regularly, it’s become part of their identity – inspiring

Simple Strategies To Help Anyone Improve Their Financial Literacy

No one wants to feel like they’re scrambling for money every month, especially if they’re already working full-time and struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance. However, that seems to be a common occurrence in today’s world of high spending and even higher debt. Despite the current financial climate, there are many simple ways anyone can improve

Addressing Employees’ Financial Wellness Top Priority in 2019

In the past five years, defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors likely to add or expand financial wellbeing programs has expanded from 30% to 65%, according to Alight’s “2019 Top Topics in Retirement and Financial Wellbeing: Building on the Past, Working Toward the Future.” Sponsors’ No. 1 goal for their participants has moved from increasing savings

Will Robo-Advisors And Chatbots Eliminate The Need For Financial Literacy?

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE FINTECH SNARK TANK According to one banking industry expert: Traditional methods for financial education are a waste of time when it comes to helping Millennials plan for their financial futures--instead, credit unions should share financial advice that helps Millennials get through the week or month, and relaying that information through mobile platforms and

Offering financial wellness education could improve employee productivity

Did you know that financial stress impacts health, quality of life and productivity in the workplace? Lou Ressler, of Associated Financial Group, a financial services firm, speaking at a recent NationaLease meeting cited statistics from an ORC International survey which showed that financial stress costs U.S. businesses $300 billion annually. That equals a $1,685 annual productivity loss per

These are the 4 smartest financial benefits for employees

Employees are worried about money. Roughly half are stressed about their finances, and nearly two-thirds either say their retirement plans and Social Security won’t be sufficient to support them in retirement or they aren’t sure, according to PwC’s 2018 Employee Financial Wellness Survey. And employers are answering the call for help. In a May 2018 Prudential survey,

6 Keys to a Best-in-Class Financial Wellness App with Data, AI and a Human Touch

For more and more consumers, the ability to feel financially secure has become more complicated and increasingly stressful as the burdens of health care, educational funding, retirement, and daily expenses grow. This stress impacts consumers’ personal relationships, physical and mental health, and has a significant impact on productivity at work. Fiscal wellness reaches far beyond

5 Financial Wellness Trends for 2019

It’s a new year, and time to look ahead at what it will bring. In 2018, financial wellness was one of the hottest plan advisor trends, and the industry took strong steps toward creating solutions that actually power progress—not only for plan participants and sponsors, but for advisors and for firms. While last year we spent time defining financial wellness, 2019 brings

What To Do When You’re Strapped For Cash

Should federal employees consider taking a retirement plan loan to cover their expenses during the government shutdown? In a recent episode of her podcast, Suze Orman said that this is the first time she’s recommending this move. Is she right? Should federal employees and even other employees in similar situations consider borrowing from their 401(k) to cover

Shore up your financial literacy

Two-thirds of Americans can't pass a basic financial literacy test, according to a study of 80,000 people by FINRA Investor Education Foundation. That means the majority do not have the knowledge needed to make smart financial decisions, potentially costing them thousands of dollars over a lifetime in missed investment opportunities, debt, poor saving habits and

What are Americans’ top financial goals in 2019?

Most Americans have some type of financial goal, including paying down debt or budgeting better. A recent study by Bankrate shows that most families don't have enough money saved for retirement or short-term emergencies. Americans’ top financial goals for 2019 Pay down debt  30% Budget spending better  13% Save more for retirement  12% Save more for emergencies 

With Many Just A Paycheck Away From Financial Ruin, Employers And FinTech Can Help

If there’s one thing that’s been made clear by the longest government shutdown in history, it’s that financial resilience in America is in dangerously short supply. People don’t tend to talk about their financial problems, but government workers who have just missed their first payday are taking to the airwaves and sharing details of their

What we don’t know about finances is costing us

What we don’t know can cost us; and many of us have at least some idea of how much. Respondents to a survey conducted this month reported that their lack of knowledge regarding personal finances likely cost them an average of $1,230 in 2018, as reported by the National Financial Educators Council, a personal finance company

Hard Financial Planning Lessons Learned From The Government Shutdown

The Federal Government shutdown is approaching its fourth week. According to the Washington Post, over 800,000 American workers have missed their first paycheck. As the shutdown continues there are many unfortunate stories about the personal hardship thousands of Americans are facing. An unexpected loss of income is an upsetting personal and financial setback. As a financial

Early Training on Financial Literacy is Every Parent’s Responsibility

Life is hard enough just trying figure out who you are without worrying about financial woes. Parents often forget to teach their kids about the key elements of being financially savvy while their kids are young enough to embrace the idea.  Teaching good habits when kids are young provide a big payoff in the end.

Financial Stress on Employees can Cost Thousands

Financial stress on employees is a very large concern for employers. It not only causes stress for individual employees, financial stress on employees is also a noteworthy expense to companies, in the form of absenteeism, lack of focus while on the job, and lost productivity. John Hancock’s recent Financial Stress Survey revealed how financial stress on employees

The Ten Best Personal Finance Resolutions for 2019

It is wise, from time to time, to stop and evaluate our lives as we seek to make the most of them. The start of a new year provides a natural opportunity to look back and offers an extra push toward new adjustments going forward. That’s why New Year’s resolutions are so popular. If you are looking for

What Does It Mean to Be Knowledgeable About Your Finances?

Did you know that: 76% of millennials lack basic financial knowledge. Two-thirds of Americans don’t understand basic financial concepts. For example, they can’t compute the interest on a $20,000 loan with a 10 percent interest rate. Americans are generally overconfident in their financial knowledge, only a few could score a top grade on a financial quiz. In a survey