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The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope
in a World of Uncertainty

Registration for this event is closed.

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Time:  8:15 a.m.- 1 p.m. CT
Location: Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall
Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis
6350 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63105 (Directions)

Hard work and steady saving—enough to ensure achieving the American dream, right? Not necessarily. Even for many of the families who are doing everything right, financial security and economic mobility are well out of reach.

What has changed from the traditional narrative? How do American families cope in this world of financial uncertainty? More importantly, what can be done to ease the economic stresses and improve the financial futures of today's families?

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis will host a discussion with Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider, authors of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty. Through data and personal stories, the book shares insights from the lives of 235 low- and middle-income families and shines a light on how Americans earn, spend, borrow and save.

The event will include keynote presentations by the authors and panel discussions with leading experts in public policy, research and community practice. The discussions will consider the impact of this groundbreaking research on debates about poverty, inequality, savings and employment.

Breakfast and a networking luncheon will be included. Participation is free, but please register early, as space is limited. Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 20. The Financial Diaries will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, please contact Jim Swimm at 314-444-8761 or

Presented by the St. Louis Fed’s Community Development department and Center for Household Financial Stability and the university’s Center for Social Development.