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This year’s MoneySKILL® Mania financial literacy competition, taking place in high schools across western New York, equaled a clean sweep for Fredonia High School.

Kevin Seybold finished first among nearly 1,000 students in the 11th annual competition, which tests students’ proficiency with basic money management concepts, including budgeting, income, credit and insurance. As the top-scoring student, Seybold won an Apple iPad.

Coming in second and third, respectively, were Travis Langworthy and Glen Bennett, each receiving $250 for college savings. As the teacher for the top-three students, Laura DePue won a $100 gift certificate to the UB Center for the Arts.

According to a press release from the University of Buffalo School of Management, a co-sponsor of the competition with M&T Bank, students from 22 public and private schools, as well as five career and technical centers, played MoneySKILL Mania in their classrooms, across six Western New York counties. The highest scoring student from each participating school won a $50 Amazon gift card.

The competition assesses skills that students learn through the MoneySKILL program, a free online personal finance curriculum designed by Lewis Mandell, professor emeritus of finance in the UB School of Management, for the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF).

Since its inception, more than 810,000 students across the nation have enrolled in MoneySKILL, which includes 36 learning modules in such areas as saving, investing, vehicle financing and renting versus owning property.

“This competition among high school students is both a pragmatic and exciting way to engage high school students in the importance of financial management as a life skill that they can always use to their advantage,” said Rhonda Ashburn, Executive Director of AFSAEF.

The UB School of Management and M&T Bank partner to provide outreach and teacher training, and host the MoneySKILL Mania competition. Since the partnership began in 2006, more than 22,000 Western New York high school students have participated in the competition.

MoneySKILL® + savvy teacher, students = clean sweep
Apr 17, 2018

This year’s MoneySKILL® Mania financial literacy competition, taking place in high schools across western New York, equaled a clean sweep for Fredonia High School.

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AFSA Supports Initiative to Rescind CFPB Guidance on Auto Financing
Apr 12, 2018

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) is joining with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and other sister trade associations in supporting S.J. Resolution 57 to disapprove the Consumer Financial Protection… Read the rest

Regulatory Alphabet Soup: Get to Know the Players Tapping in for the CFPB
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As Acting Director Mick Mulvaney has stated, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appears to be discarding its former governing philosophy of “pushing the envelope” through aggressive prosecution, and embracing… Read the rest

AFSA Comments on Legislation Regulating Payment Assurance Devices
Apr 10, 2018

On April 10, AFSA submitted a comment letter to the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 2521, which would create certain conditions for the use of electronic tracking technology or starter interrupt technology… Read the rest

THE EDGE Program Registration Deadline Approaching!
Apr 05, 2018

The registration deadline for THE EDGE is approaching!

THE EDGE program, held June 10-15, provides high-quality training for branch managers and team leaders by providing layered modules of learning that provide a sound basic knowledge… Read the rest

AFSA Publishes Rate Cap Legislation White Paper
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On April 2, AFSA’s State Government Affairs department published its recent rate cap legislation white paper. AFSA’s white paper examines recent measures proposed by states to impose rate caps, including those that use an … Read the rest

Transparency, Technology, Customer Service Major Topics at AFSA’s CEO Panel
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CEOs of leading vehicle finance companies representing captives, banks and independent subprime lenders engaged in a lively roundtable discussion on topics ranging from the impact of technology to taking care of a new wave of maturing Millennial… Read the rest

HDFS President Named Chair; Ally Financial President, Auto Division, Named Vice Chair of AFSA Vehicle Finance Division
Mar 26, 2018

Larry Hund, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Financial, was installed as the new chair of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Vehicle Finance Division Board at the conclusion of the division’s… Read the rest

Ammann Headlines 2018 Vehicle Finance Conference
Mar 21, 2018

Dan Ammann, President of General Motors, outlined GM’s bold vision for the future in the Keynote Speech Wednesday at the annual American Financial Services Association’s Vehicle Finance Conference & Expo.

We’ve… Read the rest

Court Announces Key TCPA Decision; AFSA Hosting Webinar Next Week
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On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit issued its long-anticipated ruling in ACA International, et al. v. FCC. The decision resolved a series of challenges to the July 10 2015 Declaratory Ruling & Order of the Federal Communications … Read the rest

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