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Using Mental Accounting to Motivate Savings

 I am fascinated by the field of behavioral economics, which is a good thing since my job at Military Saves revolves around motivating service members to save. Recently, while researching something else entirely, I came across an interesting chapter on mental accounting -- “Addition by Division: Partitioning Real Accounts for...

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#FridayFollow: Teaching People to Fish

 Karen Lynn Poff, MPA, AFC® has served as a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1987. Following the economic downturn in 2008, she launched the Northern Shenandoah Valley Financial Education Program to help individuals and families learn to manage their finances effectively. Since then, she...

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#FridayFollow: Empower Your Worth

Victoria Lowell is a financial coach, which – in her words – is much like a life coach, a pitching coach, or swim coach. She is also an AFCPE® Member and AFC® candidate who is passionate about empowering women with the knowledge and skills to take a leading role in...

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#ResearchWednesday: Risk Tolerance and the Financial Satisfaction of Credit Card Users

 What makes people unhappy with their credit cards?  Surprisingly, it’s not the interest charges.  This paper finds that what causes people stress and dissatisfaction with their credit cards has to do with how they use the cards more than how much the cards actually wind up costing.  Being late on...

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#FridayFollow: Focus on the Next Small Step

 Shay James is a CPA who specializes in helping people save money, save their business, or save their relationships. She does this through a variety of strategies, most recently adding the AFC® certification to her professional arsenal of resources.AFCPE: What led you to a career in personal finance?Shay: My journey...

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#ResearchWednesday: Does Financial Literacy Education Influence Career Attitude?

 This study develops a general method for evaluating changes in response relating to students’ perceptions of personal finance and financial products using data from a sample of 1,250 students aged 16-18 who participated in a financial capability education study in the UK. We find significant changes in the responses of...

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#FridayFollow: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

 Dionne Blanks, AFC® specializes in helping her clients crush debt, increase savings, and build wealth through good management skills and an effective money mindset. She accomplishes this by working with her clients to establish customized cash flow plans for their household.AFCPE: What inspired you to pursue a career in personal...

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#ResearchWednesday: A Women’s Financial Self-Efficacy Scale

 In Volume 30 (1) of the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning (JFCP), Hoa Thi Nguyen’s paper presents the development and validation of a Financial Self-Efficacy Scale that was tested with women in the United States. The Women's Financial Self-Efficacy Scale (WFSES) showed good evidence of reliability and validity. Its...

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#FridayFollow: The Yogiconomist

Katherine Sauer, PhD is Vice President, Research and Programs for National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). She oversees educational programs, as well as research and strategic impact at a national nonprofit devoted to financial capability. In addition to financial health, she is also passionate about mental and physical health. Learn...

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#FridayFollow: My Life. My Choices.

 Todd Christensen, AFC® is a financial educator and counselor who works with students and clients of all ages to manage their money on a day-to-day basis. Todd helps people use financial tools for building their financial hopes and dreams, while also guiding them along their path to financial stability, security,...

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#Friday Follow: AFCPE welcomes Luisa Singletary to our team!

 Luisa Singletary joined the AFCPE® team in April 2019 as the Member Services & Communications Coordinator. With a can-do attitude, impeccable attention to detail, and a warm personality, she is a welcome addition to the AFCPE family!AFCPE: Welcome, Luisa! Tell us a little about your journey to AFCPE.Luisa: After graduating...

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#FridayFollow: Find Your Lane and Go All In

 Ambus Hunter IV is a personal finance educator who helps people understand their relationship with money and how finances intersect with the other essential elements of well-being: physical, career, social, and community. Ambus is passionate about helping people find balance in life, and money plays a large role in that....

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