Access to credit lets people take advantage of opportunities and helps ensure their financial security. But many individuals face barriers to obtaining credit, and that has a knock-on effect on their communities’ economic stability. Analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have designed a “Credit Insecurity Index” to provide a more accurate picture of a neighborhood’s financial well-being. Financial professionals and community leaders will find the index a useful tool in assessing an area’s financial health.
About the Authors
Kausar Hamdani, Claire Kramer Mills, Edison Reyes and Jessica Battisto are analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.