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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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Category: Consumer education and empowerment |
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Financial Coaching Initiative: Results and Lessons Learned

This report presents results and lessons learned from the CFPB’s Financial Coaching Initiative. The CFPB placed financial coaches in 60 community-based organizations across the country. The program reached over 23,000 veterans and economically vulnerable consumers. The report provides guidance on how to implement a coaching program across a range of diverse communities and organizations.

Category: To Congress |
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2020 Financial Literacy Annual Report

The 2020 Financial Literacy Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau details the Bureau’s financial literacy activities and strategy to improve the financial literacy of consumers. Overall, this report describes the Bureau’s efforts in a broad range of financial literacy areas relevant to consumers’ financial lives.

Category: To Congress |
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2019 Financial Literacy Annual Report

The 2019 Financial Literacy Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau details the Bureau's financial literacy activities and strategy to improve the financial literacy of consumers. Overall, this report describes the Bureau's efforts in a broad range of financial literacy areas relevant to consumers' financial lives.

Category: Consumer education and empowerment |
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Program for International Student Assessment (PISA): Financial Literacy Brief

This research brief is intended to help stakeholders understand how the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) financial literacy data about the U.S. may be used to identify effective approaches to financial education and better define the metrics for success.

Category: Industry and markets |
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Credit Characteristics, Credit Engagement Tools, and Financial Well-Being

This report presents results from a joint research study between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Credit Karma. The purpose of the study is to examine how consumers’ subjective financial well-being relates to objective measures of consumers’ financial health, specifically, consumers’ credit report characteristics. The study also seeks to relate consumers’ subjective financial well-being to consumers’ engagement with financial information through educational tools. 

Category: Consumer education and empowerment |
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Consumer insights on paying bills

This report describes Bureau research on ways to help consumers better manage their cash flow and bills. This research found that suggesting consumers do something as simple as changing bill due dates to align with income flow could help some consumers better manage their cash flow. 

Category: Consumer education and empowerment |
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Pathways to financial well-being

The Bureau conducted a study to analyze the associations between financial capability factors (i.e., financial knowledge, skill, and behavior), financial situation, and financial well-being. This report summarizes the results of the study and show evidence of a pathway to financial well-being.