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Lori Trawinski presented “Oversight of the FHA Reverse Mortgage Program for Seniors” at a May 9 hearing of the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity, U.S. House Committee on Financial Services read
Financial services salespeople often use so-called senior designations to differentiate themselves and show they are experts in retirement investing or investing by older customers. States should adopt and enforce both the NASAA and NAIC model rules that regulate the use of these designations. read
In the wake of a $7 trillion decline in the value of pensions and household portfolios, is a discussion about financial literacy relevant? Absolutely! Workers—especially those nearing retirement—and retirees are likely to face a number of challenging questions due to the effects of the financial crisis. read
Debt has become the common denominator of American life: in 2007, more than a million people filed for bankruptcy. In this paper, researchers Deborah Thorne of Ohio University, Elizabeth Warren of Harvard Law School, and Teresa A. Sullivan of the University of Michigan analyze data from the 1991, 2001, and 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Project surveys. read
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