Description : "In Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective the concept of Financial Capability is used to underscore the importance of acquiring knowledge and skills while also addressing policies and services than can build financial security"--
Description : Financial struggles of American families are headline news. In communities across the nation, families feel the pinch of stagnant and sometimes declining incomes. Many have not recovered from the Great Recession, when millions lost their homes and retirement savings. They are bombarded daily with vexing financial decisions: Which bills to pay? Where to cash checks? How to cover an emergency? How to improve a credit report? How to bank online? How to save for the future? Low- and moderate-income families have few places to turn for guidance on financial matters. Not many can afford to pay a financial advisor to help navigate an increasingly complex financial world. They do their best with advice from family and trusted individuals. Social workers, financial counselors, and human services professionals can help. As "first responders," they assist families and help in finding financial support from public and private sources. But these professionals are too often unprepared to address the full range of financial troubles of ordinary working families. Financial Capability and Asset Building in Vulnerable Households prepares social workers, financial counselors, and other human service professionals for financial practice with vulnerable families. Building on more than 20 years of research, the book sets the stage with key concepts, historical antecedents, and current financial challenges of families in America. It provides knowledge and tools to assist families in pressing financial circumstances, and offers a lifespan perspective of financial capability and environmental influences on financial behaviors and actions. Furthermore, the text details practice principles and skills for direct interventions, as well as for designing financial services and policy innovations. It is an essential resource for preparing the next generation of practitioners who can enable families to achieve economic security and development.
Description : The Routledge Handbook on Financial Social Work explicates the financial needs, issues, and interventions within populations and theoretical approaches, and it assists clinician practitioners in intervening expertly and comprehensively. This book covers a range of issues in populations seeking services around complex financial needs and struggles, including those in the child welfare system; those with housing issues or facing homelessness; those coping with chronic and acute medical and psychiatric illnesses; those recovering from interpersonal violence; those facing recovery from incarceration; children and families involved in the child welfare system; and much more. In addition, policies will be woven in to inform the work. This book thoroughly explores research and evidence-based interventions around each population, and teaches clinicians to understand and treat financial distress holistically and empathically. This handbook will explain why understanding financial capability in these populations is so critical and how clinicians can step up their practices to meet those needs. Professionals from multiple disciplines ranging from financial therapists to social workers to financial coaches to financial planners will find this handbook eminently useful.
Description : Atchley and Barusch's interdisciplinary approach has produced a text that provides the concepts, information, insight, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. Covering the physical problems, inner experiences, and instrumental needs of the aging, the text examines aging on both an individual and societal level. It covers major areas of theory, research, social policy, and practice in a clear and organized manner to make social gerontology accessible to students from all backgrounds. This text is the classic book for the course that continually keeps pace with the dramatic changes in the field, including new theories, research, programs, and issues. Atchley and Barusch first examine individual aging-and adaptation to aging in everyday life, then move on to explore the needs and demands that aging, as a phenomenon, presents to society, while also delving into society's response to aging.
Description : With the liberalization of the Indian economy, the insurance sector has opened up, and a lot of new players, both multinationals and Indian companies with foreign collaboration, have entered this arena realizing the vast potential in life insurance. A basic knowledge of life insurance has therefore become essential for the students opting for this course as well as for the practitioners. With this view in mind, Dr. Kutty gives in this text a masterly analysis and a holistic view of every dimension of life insurance management in the sequence of 6Ps—purpose, principles, purchase, products, process and people, in an easy to understand language. He strives to demystify the complex world of life insurance and present its fundamentals to all the readers. Based on the author’s rich experience in insurance sector over the two decades, the text provides new research insights in the areas such as product comparisons, e.g. portfolio approach to purchase of life insurance. It covers the actuarial dimensions of life insurance, with the minimum use of mathematics. Besides, the text discusses in detail the two core operations of an insurance company—underwriting and claims. The hallmark of this book is its attempt to transform the way marketing and operations in life insurance are approached and its sure guidance on how a professional should approach and manage sales, service, process and people. Key Features Separate chapters are devoted to topics such as general insurance, risk management, underwriting, claims and financial management. The nature of contracts in general and life insurance contracts in particular is explained. Different traditional insurance products such as term insurance and non-conventional products like unit-linked policies are dealt with in detail. This book is primarily designed for students of management, commerce and those pursuing specific insurance courses. It can also be profitably used by industry practitioners. Finally, the book will be invaluable to managers of Life Insurance companies, Banks (engaged in Bancassurance), and Security firms.