Research and reports

We study how consumers interact with financial products and services to help identify potential problems in the marketplace and achieve better outcomes for all. Review our reports and analyses to help inform your decisions, policies, and practices. And, see reports that we periodically prepare about the CFPB.

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Building Blocks to Help Youth Achieve Financial Capability: A new model and recommendations

We’ve released a new report on our findings for how young people can acquire three building blocks of financial capability which include: executive function, financial habits and norms, and financial knowledge and decision-making skills. Read on to find strategies for educators, policymakers, and parents.

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation through Community Networks

Hundreds of communities across the United States have created collaborative networks to protect their older residents.  This report highlights what elder financial exploitation prevention and response networks do, how they work, how they can work better, and how they can be established.

Published Category: To Congress

Semi-Annual Report Spring 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) presents this Semi-Annual Report to the President, Congress, and the American people in fulfillment of its statutory responsibility and commitment to accountability and transparency. This report provides an update on the Bureau’s mission, activities, accomplishments, and publications since the last Semi-Annual Report, and provides additional information required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank or Dodd-Frank Act), for the period of October 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.

Published Category: Supervisory Highlights

Supervisory Highlights: Summer 2016

In this issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of auto originations, debt collection, mortgage origination, small-dollar lending, and fair lending. As in past editions, this report includes information about recent public enforcement actions that were a result, at least in part, of our supervisory work. The report also includes information on our coordination with state and federal regulators on supervisory matters, as well as information on recently released guidance.