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: The 2018 TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index: The State of Financial Literacy Among U.S. 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.

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.

April 2016

Hispanics are a distinctive demographic that is younger than the general population, changing rapidly and marked by a unique set of challenges. Moreover, by 2065 they are expected to make up nearly a quarter of the nation’s population.  

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.

February 2018

Procrastination keeps employees at the default contribution rate, but only in “opt-out” plans.

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.