Alyssa Hart Blakemore

Making the decision to engage in a new career path can be a source of stress for anyone, regardless of age or economic status. It also marks a turning point for thousands of service members facing alternative means of employment. In the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report, the Department of... Read More >

Joanna Swanson

In December 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law authorizing individuals with disabilities to open tax-exempt savings accounts to save for disability-related expenses without impacting current or future eligibility for resource-based benefits. As a result, individuals with disabilities can save more than a total... Read More >

Stephanie R. Yates

“Incentives, Charitable Donations and the Estate Tax: Clarifications” by W. Beranek and D. R. Kamerschen (International Journal of Business, 2016) In estate planning, a taxpayer must decide between giving to charity and giving to heirs. This paper develops a model for that decision in order to determine if the monetary... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

Although the AFCPE staff is small, most days it feels like a well-oiled machine with such a fabulous team. Our staff is diligent, energetic, intelligent, and deeply committed to this organization and the success of its future. We wear many hats and enjoy the hard work it takes, but we... Read More >

Brenda Vaughn

As I write this article, I’m looking out of my window at a beautiful spring day. The flowers are blooming, the grass is a scenic shade of green, and the ever so subtle layer of pollen covers just about everything. I never used to have allergies, however, in the last... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

Spring has officially sprung in Ohio, after a mild but long winter. AFCPE® achieved record growth last year with certification and symposium attendance, and 2017 has not slowed in pace. Here are some of the exciting things we are working on! Program Updates Building the Bridge to Investor Education and Protection... Read More >

Jill Anne Spence

Mini-Grant The 2016 Mary O’Neill Mini-Grant pool was one of the most competitive in recent years, with 13 applicants. This year, the grant funding was awarded to John Grable, Michael Thomas, Michelle Kruger, Kimberly Watkins, and Kenneth White at the University of Georgia for Expanding Middle School Financial Education in Diverse... Read More >

Adrienne Ross

Dr. Jennifer Hunter, University of Kentucky at Lexington, gave an engaging presentation about the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Estate Planning Workshop Series She shared the programmatic format, content, evaluation, and grant support that has reached over 1,000 participants thus far. Other than education, one mission of the series is to dispel... Read More >

Adrienne Ross

Michelle Kruger, who is pursuing her Ph.D. in Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia, conducted a study investigating the impact of expecting an inheritance on families’ retirement savings and readiness for retirement. The study had mixed results. The hypothesis was that individuals who received an... Read More >

Adrienne Ross

The reigning AFC® of the Year, Patsy Collins, MA, AFC® led an entertaining and informative one- hour journey through effective cyclical marketing strategies to grow your financial coaching business. Ms. Collins opened with wit and wisdom and the observation that “Money is personal. And it’s very secret.” As financial counselors, we... Read More >


If we can reach people at key decision-making moments—when they are making choices about where to live or work, or how to educate their kids or themselves—we can have a great influence on their financial decisions. The book What It's Worth identifies the community partnerships we can build to reach people in... Read More >


On July 12, 2016, the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center hosted the release of the 2015 National Financial Capability Study (NFCS), in collaboration with FINRA Investor Education Foundation. This survey provides new insights into the personal finances of American families, from day-to-day money management to long-run financial planning to managing... Read More >