2020 Financial Wellness Year in Review

Abstract

The state of financial wellness of the U.S. workforce improved in 2020 despite the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The greatest improvement occurred in the areas of cash flow, debt management, and homebuying. Employees that maintained a handle on cash flow and an emergency fund prior to 2020 fared best during the pandemic, leading many employers to add financial resiliency to their list of key focus areas in 2021. As concern for racial financial equity and equality grows, we expect to see more emphasis on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in workplace financial wellness initiatives in the coming years.

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