Andi Wrenn, AFC®

There is no better way to grow in life than to have a relationship that encourages building up another so they learn and grow. This may seem like a strong statement, but let me take a few minutes of your time to talk about how being in a mentor/mentee relationship... Read More >


When the coronavirus crisis hit the United States this past spring, Americans were immediately thrown into entirely new terrain. As many businesses came to a halt and the virus spread quickly through communities, most Americans were forced to reconsider their health and financial situations altogether.  Americans have balanced general uncertainty... Read More >

Sarah M. Ellis, M.S., AFC®

Before COVID-19, I did not offer financial counseling virtually. Occasionally, during a phone call, I would provide financial education. But the majority of my financial counseling meetings were held in person. Flipping from in-person to virtual financial counseling was not as simple as I had assumed it would be.   Challenge... Read More >

Matt Driggers

Perhaps now more than in the past, those in the helping profession are at risk of suffering from compassion fatigue. Managing our anxieties and caring for others in distress puts us at risk. It is an unavoidable truth that caregiving hurts. It is neither possible nor wise to avoid this... Read More >

Nyesha B. Burton, AFC®

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has been a really tough financial time for many. Sadly, it could be getting worse as time passes. In the United States alone, there are currently 22 million people unemployed as the pandemic continues to cause problems around the world. Several people find themselves jobless in this pandemic.... Read More >

Ryan Law, PhD, AFC®, CFP®

It has been an unprecedented time for our country and the world, and it certainly has been for AFCPE as well. I am grateful to be part of any organization that practices what it preaches. AFCPE is on solid economic ground and we will come out of this stronger than... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

The last several months have been unlike any we have ever experienced. Whether you are struggling with health or economic issues related to COVID-19, or the continual issues of racial injustice, this is an overwhelming and uncertain time in our country. All of these challenges have shed a light on... Read More >

Maria Sennett, Credit Builders Alliance

You may have heard the buzz. In January, Fair Isaac Corporation, better known as FICO, announced the release of FICO® Scores 10 and 10T, the newest versions of its scoring model. Expected to be released this summer, FICO® Scores 10 and 10T will take months, and more likely years, before... Read More >

Schane D. Coker, AFC®, FFC®

What does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have to do with Financial Literacy and Education? Why does AFCPE need a Taskforce dedicated to this topic? How does Diversity, Equity, or Inclusion affect my life or the work I do with clients? These are some questions that I pose to myself when... Read More >

Jarod Taylor, AFC®

Before joining AFCPE, I worked as a financial counselor and educator in the non-profit sector for nearly 10 years. Like many in this field, I fell into it by accident but quickly fell in love. Even though I had a lot of passion, things were a little rough in the... Read More >

Axton Betz-Hamilton, PhD, AFC®

Aspiring book authors have multiple paths to getting their book published—traditional, self, and hybrid publishing.  Often, the question is “Which path do I choose?”  This article will discuss traditional, self, and hybrid publishing.  Positives and pitfalls of each are provided. Traditional Publishing If you want to publish with a traditional... Read More >

Sarah Li Cain

As someone who has been in the personal finance field for five years, I knew I still had a lot to learn. While I’ve been able to learn a lot from writing about topics ranging from paying off debt to buying a house, I felt like pursuing the AFC® (Accredited... Read More >