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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Published Category: Consumer Complaint

Snapshot of older consumers and student loan debt

The number of consumers age 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled over the last decade in the United States, and the average amount they owe has also dramatically increased. This Snapshot describes the increasing burden of student loan debt on older consumers, as well as the impact that the increased debt burden is having on older borrowers’ impacting financial security.

2016 Financial Literacy Annual Report

The 2016 Financial Literacy Annual Report is a statutorily mandated report to Congress on the Bureau’s activities and strategy to improve the financial capability and well-being of consumers.

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: Industry and markets

Recommendations and report for financial institutions on preventing and responding to elder financial exploitation

Banks and credit unions are uniquely positioned to detect elder financial exploitation and to take action. This advisory and report include best practices identified by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help banks and credit unions protect older account holders.