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.
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.
Financial Well-being of Older Americans
This report uses data from the National Financial
Well-Being Survey to examine the distribution of financial well-being scores
for adults ages 62 and older.
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.
Ads for reverse mortgages are found on television, radio, in print, and on the internet, and many ads feature celebrity spokespeople discussing the benefits of reverse mortgages without mentioning risks.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act directs the Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) to make recommendations to Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the best practices for (i) disseminating information regarding the legitimacy of certifications of financial advisers who advise seniors; (ii) methods in which a senior can identify the financial adviser most appropriate for the senior’s needs; and (iii) methods in which a senior can verify a financial adviser’s credentials.