The Edufin Summit, the preeminent summit on financial education and skills, returns for another year, bringing together the world’s leading experts in the field. This year Madrid has been chosen to host the global meeting, organized by the BBVA Center for Education and Financial Capabilities to be held on July 11 and 12.
07 May 2019
Darren Easton, Senior Director at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), is one of newest members of the Center for Financial Education and Capability’s Advisor Council. Excited about this new role, Easton will bring his valuable knowledge in financial health, finance and communications to the Center.
30 Apr 2019
April 25 was the submission deadline for BBVA EduFin 2019’s call for research proposals. This year, a total of 38 applications have been received, more than doubling last year’s 17 submissions. This increase in submissions showcases the appeal of this initiative among the research community, and underscores BBVA’s commitment to financial education.
26 Apr 2019
There is no doubt that big data is transforming the financial industry, helping it overcome the challenges of today’s society. Nonetheless, given the fact that one of its fundamental objectives is to obtain data — albeit to improve customer satisfaction — it still causes some people to have misgivings because it is perceived as an intrusion of their privacy.
25 Apr 2019
2018 was another year of commitment to financial education at BBVA. Over the year, the bank supported a variety of different programs and initiatives to help people get the financial skills and abilities they need to make informed decisions.
10 Apr 2019
In an article published a few months ago in’The New Yorker‘ the British writer John Lanchester explains that in order to write a novel about London, he had to begin by trying to understand “the world of money.” Although Lanchester isn’t shy on culture – he grew up between Calcutta, Brunei, and Hong Kong; and was educated at Oxford – his reading about the economy required something of an effort.
29 Mar 2019
During March, millions of children and young people will learn how to manage their finances so they can take their economic well-being into their own hands and tap into better opportunities. How does it work? Through initiatives – activities and teaching materials – that have been kicked off for another year by campaigns promoted by Global Money Week (March 25-31) and European Money Week (March 25-29).
05 Mar 2019
Beatriz Morilla, Head of CSR at the Spanish Banking Association (AEB), sees financial education as a fundamental tool to “fight poverty, reduce inequalities, promote gender equality and achieve greater health and well-being.” From this global perspective, the AEB is working on the rollout of nationwide impactful actions and on securing support from the financial sector.
The BBVA Center for Education and Financial Capability today, March 5, is pleased to announce its second call for research proposals. BBVA EduFin Research Grants 2019 invites researchers to propose research projects dealing with topics related to financial education. Each of the five projects selected will receive €10,000, and its researchers will be invited to attend the Center’s annual summit, the Edufin Summit.
06 Feb 2019
The Center for Financial Education and Capability has already secured support from more than 500 experts to conduct its activities. Both the quality and the quantity of experts and collaborators regularly involved in the Center’s activities attest to the success of the initiative, which launched two years ago.
23 Jan 2019
Japan and Spain, the countries with the world’s highest life expectancies lag furthest behind when it comes to retirement planning, according to a study prepared by insurance company Aegon International. The experts warn about the enormous challenges posed by an aging population and the risks associated with not saving for the future.
19 Dec 2018
Rolando Arellano Cueva is a renowned market expert specialising in developing countries, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the BBVA Centro para la Educación y Capacidades Financieras [Centre for Financial Resources and Education]. Throughout his lengthy career he has studied people’s natural tendency to constantly acquire goods, the consumer markets of Latin America, and the role that financial entities play in assisting with savings.
18 Dec 2018
12 Dec 2018
Promising yourself to save and end up throwing in the towel is a common thing so a little nudge from time to time is no bad thing. According to the report ‘Nudges for Financial Health: Global Evidence for Improved Product Design’ of Innovations For Poverty Action (IPA), the commitment mechanisms that financial institutions put in place to help their customers are an effective solution for achieving savings once and for all and improving financial health.
05 Dec 2018
The European Investment Bank (EIB), together with the global data company YouGov, has published the first-of-its-kind citizens climate change survey revealing popular beliefs about climate change and its economic impact. The study, which involved 25,000 people in the European Union, the United States, and China, exposes the extent to which the general public is concerned about climate change and what it means to their bottomline.
01 Nov 2018
Saving money can feel like a personal triumph (and it should!). To live within your means and set aside funds for a rainy day, major purchase or personal goal is very empowering. But did you know your savings can also impact the country’s economy as a whole?
31 Oct 2018
Claudio González-Vega, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation and member of the Advisory Board of BBVA’s Center for Financial Education and Capabilities, is one of the world’s leading voices in finance and development, especially in the field of microfinance. For him, financial education is a “vital tool for escaping the poverty trap.”
29 Oct 2018
Olivier Guersent, the European Union’s Director-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services, and Capital Markets claims individual investors would rather put their money into sustainable development projects, but they need the right skills. Financial education is a part of this empowerment.
16 Oct 2018
William D. Nordhaus, winner of BBVA’s Frontiers of Knowledge Award, and Paul M. Romer have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for their research on how climate change and technological innovation impact the economy. Their findings substantiate the vital role financial education plays in overcoming the challenges of an ever-changing world.
04 Oct 2018
Leading financial education experts and researchers gathered together in Buenos Aires to attend the second edition of the BBVA EduFin Summit. Over the course of two days, guests discussed the importance of financial literacy as a lever to promote the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The 200 participants shared success stories and examples to illustrate progress and to underline the challenges that the sector is facing.
02 Oct 2018
Financial education specialists are gathering in Buenos Aires to celebrate EduFin Summit 2018, a forum that seeks to foster debate on the industry’s biggest challenges. BBVA’s Center for Financial Education and Capability has organized the second edition of this global event, which this year has a special focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Over the course of two days, representatives of the public sector, the corporate world and educational institutions will share data and insights into their success stories in financial inclusion and education.
28 Sep 2018
20 Sep 2018
BBVA Compass recently launched its Center for Financial Education Community Workshops Initiative, with the goal of giving 20,000 low- to moderate-income individuals, families and small business owners the knowledge they need to take better control of their financial lives.
24 Aug 2018
As a Certified Financial Planner, it makes sense that BBVA Compass Investment Solutions Executive Director Lorin McMurray would run the gamut when it came to saving for his children’s college, having an investment in a prepaid plan from his home state, a 529 savings plan and a custodial account. Even still, he says, “College will cost you more than you ever thought.”
New York University (NYU) made headlines around the country last week when it announced that it would be offering free tuition to current and future medical students to help alleviate the financial worries that come with high medical school costs.
27 Jul 2018
As managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion and a member of the advisory board for BBVA’s Center for Financial Education and Capability, Elisabeth Rhyne constantly faces the challenge of addressing financial inclusion worldwide, securing the protection of microfinance customers, and helping them achieve solid financial health.
19 Jul 2018
The EduFin Summit comes round again and this time full of novelties. This year the event, organized annually by BBVA’s Center for Financial Education and Capability, will take place in Buenos Aires. Leading experts in the field of financial education will debate the challenges of the sector and the importance of financial behavior for the well-being of people.
16 Jul 2018
The BBVA Center for Financial Education and Capability has selected the winning projects in its first Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI). The projects stand out because of their innovative nature and offer solutions to the challenges of financial education on a global level.
03 Jul 2018
At its meeting on June 14, the European Central Bank (ECB) set an expiry date for the asset purchase program: December of this year. The program, which started in March 2015, is now approaching its end. It forms part of the non-standard measures that Mario Draghi’s institution implemented during the toughest years of the economic crisis. What do they consist of?
28 Jun 2018
It’s true that interest rates on mortgages are increasing, but it could still be a good time to refinance. As with so many things in life, it all depends on your unique financial situation.
According to RealtyTrac, as of April 2018, there were more than 600,000 properties in the U.S. in some stage of foreclosure. While the numbers of foreclosed homes are significantly lower than at the peak of the U.S. Housing Crisis, with more than a half million lender owned homes on the market, buyers still have a solid opportunity to find a good deal.
21 Jun 2018
When it comes to buying a home, understanding which mortgage option is right is key. When constructing a home from the ground up, the same is true, but the options for financing are slightly different.
Generally, new construction financing falls into two types of loans, construction-to-permanent and construction only.
18 Jun 2018
Having a good financial health means having both enough money to cover expenses and savings to face unexpected future events. To know how to analyze it, the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) has identified, in a study published in the Center for Education and Financial Capabilities of BBVA, eight indicators that measure the state of people’s financial health.
Everfi is a leading educational technology company that uses social games, videos, and animation among other tools to provide financial education to everyone, at any age, anywhere in the world.
14 Jun 2018
Interest rate, risk diversification and fixed-income assets are some of the financial concepts that most people have to deal with at one point or other. Do we really know what we are talking about? According to the Financial Skills Survey carried out by the Bank of Spain and the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), 46 percent of Spaniards rate their financial knowledge as “low” or “very low”. Only 8 percent say it is “high”.
13 Jun 2018
BBVA Compass is teaming up with nonprofits to build a comprehensive network of financial education offerings, with the goal of giving 20,000 low- to moderate-income individuals and families the knowledge they need to take better control of their financial lives.
30 Apr 2018
BBVA Compass is proud to celebrate those who help others develop healthy money habits. The bank’s own Carla Tessman is certainly deserving of such celebration. She teaches financial education classes at Houston’s Harris County Jail to prepare female inmates for a future beyond bars.
05 Apr 2018
Saving for retirement is a challenge, particularly when it’s far off. However it’s in your interest to plan for it to avoid stress and assure yourself adequate income when the time comes.
29 Mar 2018
HOUSTON — BBVA Compass and Opportunity Finance Network today announced the names of the 27 dedicated leaders at community development financial institutions who were selected for the 2018 Opportunity Fellows Program, their joint initiative to boost the CDFI industry’s leadership ranks and spur greater access to capital in under-resourced communities.
22 Mar 2018
A ‘teachable moment’ is a unique instant in which the opportunity presents itself to teach something to someone else who has had their attention captured by that something. These valuable learning opportunities in financial education lend themselves to teaching people to take informed decisions.
21 Mar 2018
The BBVA Center for Financial Education and Capability has launched the first ‘Call for Expressions of Interest,’ an initiative aimed at fostering academic research in financial education and inclusion. This first edition will focus on six areas that address different global issues from diverse perspectives.
19 Mar 2018
Financial education is key to guaranteeing a sustainable and inclusive economy, creating an era of opportunity through digital transformation, asserts BBVA’s Executive Director responsible for Global Economics, Regulation & Public Affairs, José Manuel González-Páramo.
14 Mar 2018
José Manuel González-Páramo, BBVA Executive Board Director and Head of the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Education and Capability, and Antonio Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business at BBVA, go over what the Center has been up to in its first year of existence amid as the Global Money Week event takes place.
21 Feb 2018
BBVA Compass and Opportunity Finance Network are putting out the call to dedicated leaders at community development financial institutions and inviting them to apply to the Opportunity Fellows Program, their joint initiative to boost the CDFI industry’s leadership ranks and spur greater access to capital in under-resourced communities.
19 Feb 2018
A year ago BBVA launched a project that reflects its commitment to financial education: the Center for Financial Education and Capability, whose goal is to foster knowledge in the area of financial education and inclusion.
07 Feb 2018
Diana Mejía, a senior specialist in productive and financial development at CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and member of BBVA EduFin Advisory Council, is an expert in measuring the financial capabilities of people in Latin America. The results obtained in the last CAF financial education surveys found a gap between the financial products offered and the needs of the population, especially in terms of savings.
06 Feb 2018
This year Davos’ World Economic Forum (WEF) once more brought together world leaders, experts and thinkers to discuss the big economic matters that invite global concern. Over the course of the global event’s tight agenda, there was room for the inclusion and education of woman in financial affairs.
31 Jan 2018
BBVA Compass assembled a worldly-wise panel in Houston last week to help its Global Markets clients, all of whom maintain assets outside the U.S., sort through the barrage of global economic news to better understand the risks.
10 Jan 2018
Goodwill Central Texas will open a new hub for financial education as part of the future Goodwill Career and Technical Academy, with funding generously provided by the BBVA Compass Foundation. The BBVA Compass Center for Financial Education will break ground in late 2018.
BBVA-owned content be available through a number of channels, including iVoox, Apple podcasts, bbva.com and BBVA’s social media profiles. BBVA’s first proposal for the new channel is Blink, a weekly program offering practical information on personal finance, fintech solutions, work methodologies and tips to help users make the best financial decisions.