The mission of the Asset Building Program is to significantly broaden access to economic resources through increased savings and asset ownership, thereby providing families with enhanced economic security, a direct stake in the commonwealth, and the means to pursue their aspirations.

Trapped in America's Safety Net

New America
Asset Building

Please join us as we explore the ways that our nation's safety net for disabled and poor individuals and families can lock them in at their lowest point -- and how we might change it for the better.

article | October 27, 2014 | Asset Building
5 ways America is failing Millennials

5 ways America is failing Millennials

And what to do about it

If you're between 18 and 34 years old, you should be getting ready for the prime of your life — at least according to recent history. That means getting a high-quality education, working a secure, fulfilling job, starting a family, and maybe even buying a home.

article | October 15, 2014 | Asset Building
By My Parent's Bootstraps

By My Parent's Bootstraps

Emily Rauscher

This is the story Americans tell ourselves about the American Dream—who gets ahead, and how, and what our own chances might be—obscures and even intentionally ignores one powerful determinant of life chances: our parents’ financial standing, and the ways they pass on their advantages.