2012 Assets Learning Conference

Applied Research Forum Kick-Off

September 20, 2012 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Room: Washington 4

The Applied Research Forum Kickoff features thought leaders in the asset-building field who will discuss both where we are as a nation in terms of financial access and asset ownership among low- and moderate-income households and research ideas we can collectively put into action in order to help strengthen household balance sheets. The session will lead off with presentations of recently released, assets-related data including the FDIC-sponsored 2011 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. The presentations will provide new insights into household well-being during the recession recovery. A panel discussion, moderated by Sarah Rosen-Wartell, President of the Urban Institute, will follow. It will explore promising directions for future research and for building collaborative partnerships between researchers, asset-building practitioners and policy makers.


  • Ray Boshara, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Presentation - PDF)
  • J. Michael Collins, Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Keith Ernst, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Presentation - PDF)
  • Clifford Rosenthal, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, Urban Institute (Moderator)
 This session is designed exclusively for the Applied Research Forum.