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.
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.
Data point: Mortgage trends
This Bureau Data Point article describes 2019 mortgage market activity and trends using data reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).
This report is about the work of the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs for the period from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.
The Bureau is pleased to submit to Congress its annual report summarizing the Bureau’s activities along with those of the Federal Trade Commission to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
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.
This report provides the first state-by-state description of the financial well-being of adults in the United States, as measured by the CFPB Financial Well-Being Scale.
The CFPB researched the childhood origins of financial capability and well-being to identify those roots and to find promising practices and strategies to support their development.
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.
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.
A large study exploring tax-time saving found that early messaging and small incentives were effective at encouraging some customers to save using a savings feature on their prepaid card.
This report is designed to help education policymakers, program leaders, financial educators, and academic researchers make evidence-informed policy, programming and resourcing decisions in school-based financial education.
This report lays out key unanswered research questions in youth financial education identified by a range of stakeholders.
The Bureau, along with its partners at the Federal Trade Commission, is pleased to submit to Congress its annual report summarizing their 2018 activities to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).
The 2018 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.
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.
Building and retaining savings is important because it provides a financial foundation on which to plan for the future.
Child savings accounts: Advancing the field to better serve traditionally underserved consumers
The Bureau held a forum on child savings accounts. We produced a report on the forum so that you can learn more about how states and communities are offering opportunities for families to save for post-secondary education.
Measuring financial skill: A guide to using the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's Financial Skill Scale
The Bureau led a research effort to develop a “scale” to measure financial skill. This guide describes the research behind the Financial Skill Scale and provides detailed steps for using the scale.
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.
The Building Blocks Measurement Guide provides a means of assessing young people’s progress toward acquiring the foundations of financial capability.
In this series of research briefs, the Bureau’s Office of Research and Division of Consumer Education and Engagement examine whether encouraging mortgage shopping benefits consumers.
The Bureau, along with its partners at the Federal Trade Commission, is pleased to submit to Congress its seventh annual report summarizing their 2017 activities to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”).
The CFPB held the Youth Employment Success Roundtable in 2017 to give youth employment programs the opportunity to share their learning, elevate the challenges they experience in supporting financial knowledge and skill development for young workers, and to provide input on the CFPB’s Youth Employment Success initiative. This report summarizes key insights and potential next steps generated during the event.
The purpose of this report is to raise awareness about the issues that limited English proficient consumers face when participating in the financial marketplace.
This report shares findings from qualitative interviews with consumers about their experiences with overdraft programs and fees.
The 2017 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.