Financial Literacy

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Financial capability improves retirement outcomes

Financial literacy is as important as schooling in building wealth and retirement income. The TIAA Institute focuses on such issues as the importance of financial literacy, the financial literacy of all Americans, as well as special groups such as Hispanics, women and Gen Y. 

Learn about our new P-Fin Index here: TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance (P-Fin) Index: A New Measure of Financial Literacy.

Insights

December 2017

Economists typically gauge the value of financial education by examining how it affects consumer behaviors. But the best financial choices for consumers depend on a mix of objective facts and subjective judgments – and one size rarely fits all.

June 2017

Financial communications can be complex, making misinterpretation likely. This study takes an in-depth look at how people process – and act upon – financial information.

March 2017

Improvements in the overall economy between 2012 and 2015 have enhanced working women’s short-term financial position. But their long-term financial status and levels of financial knowledge have changed very little.

Research Reports

October 2017

Using data from the first wave of the TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index, this report examines financial literacy among Hispanic adults in the United States.

June 2017

Financial communications can be complex, making misinterpretation likely. This study takes an in-depth look at how people process – and act upon – financial information.

March 2017

How well individuals navigate life’s financial decisions is dependent, at least in part, on their knowledge and understanding of personal finance. The Personal Finance Index offers unique insights concerning Americans’ capacity for sound financial management and decisionmaking.