Rebecca Wiggins

As I write to you, the birds are chirping and flowers are blooming. It is a time of hope across our country as we transition out of the pandemic. As I reflect on the past year and a half, I am grateful for your AFCPE Staff Team. Although we are... Read More >

Meredith Lozar, AFC®

The Spring and Summer months are a time of year when many of us do a little Spring Cleaning. If you are a military spouse then you might be cleaning in preparation for another Permanent Change of Station move. We sometimes use this time to identify and donate old items.... Read More >

Mindy Joseph, MBA

Scholars and practitioners alike have become more sensitive to the issue of diversity. Specifically, we are sensitive to how it influences our perspectives, professional practices, and interactions with clients. The research articles below focus on diversity. They highlight how our assumptions may impact our approach to clients from diverse backgrounds... Read More >

Candace Scarlett

With three copies of Broke Millennial Talks Money by Erin Lowry circulating at the local library and my hold being number ten on the waitlist, I finally purchased it.  I thought, "this has to be a good book."     The purpose of this book is to help people, not specifically financial... Read More >

Heidi Fierek, AFC®

I am not going to get it right all of the time or possibly even at all. As an AFC®, I am trying to understand my role in recognizing diversity in my work . I work for a county agency that provides free financial counseling to our residents. It is... Read More >

Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC®, CHC

During the past six months, I have presented about a dozen COVID-19 and Your Finances presentations and webinars, including this webinar for Cooperative Extension colleagues. I began each presentation by describing similarities between transitions in later life, described in my new book Flipping a Switch, and those experienced by Americans... Read More >

April Berggren-Batts

When you think of the profession Accredited Financial Counselor, what characteristics come to mind? I think of compassion, kindness, teacher, helper, proactive, empathetic, determined, committed, and many other positive attributes. Imagine putting yourself in an in-person or virtual room full of people like this for several days. That is what... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

Spring is in the air, and this year the glimmers of hope extend beyond warmer breezes and colorful flowers. After a tumultuous and isolating year, the vaccine distribution progress is encouraging. Hopefully before too long, we will be able to be back together in community. As much as we have... Read More >

Meredith Lozar, AFC®

As we settle into 2021, we find ourselves in a time filled with flickers of hope and moments of frustration. We realize that perhaps change isn’t coming as quickly as we thought. However, settling into the new year also gives us an opportunity to look back at how far we’ve... Read More >

Becky Smith, Ph.D., FFC

I am a White, 50-year-old who identifies as a female. I was born in Flint, Michigan. When I was nine, my family moved to Anaheim, California. As a first-generation college student I earned three degrees in economics: undergraduate at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and graduate training at Louisiana State... Read More >

Jacquie Carroll, Ed.D., AFC®

In this issue, AFCPE’s Research to Practice Task Force is introducing a twist to the typical research brief. This format is designed to summarize the research, share personal realizations from a practitioner, and encourage dialogue amongst researchers, practitioners, and educators. As you read research, ask yourself: Did you have an... Read More >

Carolyn Strong, AFC®

The Wealthy Gardener by John Soforic is an enjoyable allegory. It is about a young man who purchases a small plot of land with his savings. He tends regularly to it, reinvesting in the soil and crops for numerous years. Through diligence, prudence, and hard work his small plot of... Read More >