Rebecca Wiggins

It is hard to believe, but the 2019 AFCPE® Symposium is just around the corner. Mark your calendars and register soon to join us November 19-21 in Portland, Oregon. Please note, this year we start on Tuesday, November 19th.  The program theme is “Connect * Empower * Impact”, emphasizing the... Read More >

Leslie Green-Pimentel

Did you get to attend a graduation ceremony recently?  I did! It was wonderful to see all the students dressed in their caps and gowns surrounded by proud parents, friends, and teachers.  So much excitement and promise in the air! Graduation often means at least 2 things... 1) hitting the... Read More >

Carrie L. Johnson, Ph.D., AFC®

Assisting clients to increase their financial satisfaction is one part of a financial counselor’s goals. The three articles summarized below discuss financial satisfaction using slightly different lenses. Financial counselors and educators can help individuals increase their financial satisfaction by increasing their financial knowledge, confidence, and positive behaviors. “Financial Knowledge, Confidence,... Read More >

Luke Erickson

There are so many things you can do with a Smartphone that it can be unsettling when you see someone actually talking on one. Between Androids and iPhones there are now over 5 million apps that have been downloaded a cumulative total of 140 billion times (Picoto, Duarte & Pinto,... Read More >

Dan Hebert, Jump$tart Coalition Director of Professional Development

For more than 20 years, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy ( has been dedicated to building a financially literate future for our nation’s youth. And since its inception, a key focus has been on providing support and professional development for K-12 classroom teachers. One of the organization’s first... Read More >

Jessica Allen, AFC®

Sitting in my husband’s hospital room in Walter Reed, an Army official referred to me as my husband’s “caregiver.” Before this point, I had only thought of myself as an Army wife, mom, tax preparer, and the other things I was currently doing. Being a caregiver was a term I... Read More >

Jane Strommen, Extension Gerontology Specialist North Dakota State University

So, who are caregivers and what do they do?  A caregiver is someone who helps another with things he or she cannot do for him/herself due to a serious medical condition or the aging process in general. Often, caregivers are family members who care for their parents or close relatives... Read More >

Laura Hendrix, Ph.D, AFC®; Associate Professor - Personal Finance and Consumer Economics

Over the years, you may have followed a favorite radio program or television show, read a weekly newspaper column, or subscribed to a magazine. Podcasts have the sound of a good radio broadcast while offering a quick and easy way to learn about topics of interest.  Think talk radio but... Read More >

Shawn L. Carlson, Ph.D. Student, Developmental Science Department of Human Development and Family Science, North Dakota State University

The U.S. is a country filled with many opportunities to fulfill one’s dreams. From pursuing a college degree, home ownership, and a happy retirement, these aspirations that many Americans hold can be far from reality. The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty, a book by Jonathan... Read More >