The 2020 TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index

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Research Reports

Original research produced by the TIAA Institute—both independently and in collaboration with noted scholars—examines topics of interest to the academic, nonprofit and public sectors. The reports combine statistical findings with thoughtful, data-driven observations and conclusions to provide in-depth analyses that are informative and appropriate for both technical and more academic audiences.

April 2020

Americans’ financial literacy, while remaining low overall, has improved slightly in recent years. 

March 2020

Donations to higher education have soared in recent times, along with concerns about how the money is being used.

November 2019

This report uses the third wave of the P-Fin Index to examine the current state of financial literacy and financial wellness among African-American adults.

Insights

Also produced by the TIAA Institute, Insights features reports addressing prominent issues in financial security, higher education, and philanthropy. While typically written for a primarily non-technical audience, Insights are prepared using the same level of academic rigor found in our other research publications, and can serve as valuable sources of information for a diverse group of readers.

May 2020

The expected cost of health care in retirement is a major concern of older workers.

March 2020

Donations to higher education have soared in recent times, along with concerns about how the money is being used.

February 2020

The financial decisions of millennials—defined as individuals age 18 to 37 in 2018—will likely affect the U.S. economy for the next 30 years.

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Strategic Collaborations

Working with leading research centers, associations and think tanks across the nation helps the TIAA Institute tap into their diverse expertise and broaden its impact among its audiences. This yields reliable, data-driven information leaders need to make sound decisions.