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

September 2013

On September 20, 2013, the TIAA-CREF Institute convened an expert symposium to examine Gen Y financial engagement. Generation Y is the largest generation in U.S. history.

January 2011

New analysis reveals a stronger and larger effect of financial literacy on wealth than previously estimated.

January 2011

The findings discussed here suggest that people with lower levels of education, income, and financial literacy rely far more heavily on employers, coworkers, and friends, than they do on cost fundamentals, when choosing pension funds.

Research Reports

May 2018

Financial literacy undoubtedly plays an important role in decision making, but the associated mechanisms are complex and mediated by a variety of factors.

April 2018

Financial knowledge has been shown to correlate strongly with financial outcomes. So what’s the state of the nation’s financial literacy?

February 2018

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