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.

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Issue Brief: The costs and risks of using a reverse mortgage to delay collecting Social Security

This issue brief explores the tradeoffs of borrowing a reverse mortgage loan in order to delay claiming Social Security. It shows that, in general, the reverse mortgage loan costs exceed the additional increase in Social Security that homeowners would receive in their lifetime by delaying Social Security benefits.

Published Category: Consumer Complaint

Snapshot of older consumers and student loan debt

The number of consumers age 60 and older with student loan debt has quadrupled over the last decade in the United States, and the average amount they owe has also dramatically increased. This Snapshot describes the increasing burden of student loan debt on older consumers, as well as the impact that the increased debt burden is having on older borrowers’ impacting financial security.

Report and Recommendations: Fighting Elder Financial Exploitation through Community Networks

Hundreds of communities across the United States have created collaborative networks to protect their older residents.  This report highlights what elder financial exploitation prevention and response networks do, how they work, how they can work better, and how they can be established.