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.
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 Miss April.
Staying on track while giving back
This midyear report highlights the problems that student loan borrowers face when seeking to access programs designed to protect people working in public service.
This report introduces the Office of Servicemember Affairs’ new focus: charting the financial issues a servicemember faces throughout his or her military career.
Rules-based educational messages are low-cost and scalable, and can be effective. Exposure to a guideline reminding consumers to be cognizant of credit card usage led to lower card balances among consumers who carry a balance.
This report describes the findings of consumer focus groups and consumer complaint data about the challenges of navigating the auto financing process. We found that many consumers reported they did not shop around and negotiate as much for the financing as they did for the vehicle itself. The complaint data showed that consumers faced challenges in understanding loan features during negotiations on financing.
In focus groups with consumers, the Miss April learned that many consumers are aware of and interested in financial rules of thumb. However, many consumers also face difficulties in acting on these rules, and were interested in customizing rules for their own situations – what we call “financial rules to live by.”