The Think Forward Initiative is a multi-year movement bringing together a range of experts and research to find out how and why we make financial choices. The lessons learned will be a springboard for action to help consumers.
Need to save more? Learn how to ‘unspend’
Researchers from the Think Forward Initiative say yes, and are developing an app to help. It’ll compare how similar people save and guide them to start “unspending”.
From insight to empowerment
How can we empower people to make better financial decisions? We started the Think Forward Initiative with a range of experts and research because we want to improve people’s lives by helping them make better financial decisions.
Program & Speakers
We’re pleased to invite you to the Think Forward Summit on Wednesday 15 March 2017 in Munich. Get to know the full program and list of speakers in this article.
“Showing the progress”
The third and final post-Summit session took place in December as participants continued to work on the challenges formulated during the first Think Forward Summit last year, and began looking towards the future.
Think Forward Summit 2017
The Think Forward Initiative brings experts and research together to ultimately help consumers make better financial decisions. Join us in March for the second Think Forward Summit!
“Setting the direction”
“Setting the direction”: The second of three post-Summit sessions took place in September as participants continue to tackle the challenges formulated during the Think Forward Summit this past February.
Deloitte is a new knowledge and innovation partner to the Think Forward Initiative
Deloitte and TFI have announced their intention to cooperate closely on several projects to find out how and why we make financial choices.
Household finance is about combining insights from several fields to understand how finance can be made to work better for people. The event gets together cutting-edge academic research with the commitment to the 'economics in the service of society'.
CEPR is a new academic partner to the Think Forward Initiative
CEPR and TFI have announced their intentions to cooperate closely on several research aspects, all aimed at better understanding consumers and enabling people to make better decisions regarding household finances.
“Bringing the focus”: First post-Summit sessions take place
The first of three post-Summit sessions took place in June as participants begin to tackle the challenges formulated during the Think Forward Summit this past February.
It's a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.
Dan Ariely for the Think Forward Initiative
Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, for the Think Forward Initiative.
Think Forward Summit 2017: What did we learn?
Join ING’s reporter as he talks to some of the experts behind the Think Forward Initiative.
Ralph Hamers at the Think Forward Initiative summit 2017 in Munich
Ralph Hamers talks about some of the surprising TFI insights he learned over the past year.
Teamwork: Dutch couples make most financial decisions together
One of five Think Forward Summit projects
Can you buy happiness? Michael Norton says yes
Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton shares insights on spending, saving and happiness.
Improving people's financial decision-making
Research insights on household consumption, wealth, savings and investment
Bridging the Empowerment Divide: Enabling people to lead the lives they want
Values-based learnings from 13 countries in Europe and beyond
Kick-Off Conclusion Paper & Next Steps
More detail on the challenges formulated during the interactive breakout sessions.
Supporting good financial decision-making
By Monica Woodley, Editorial Director, EMEA, The Economist Intelligence Unit
A series of inspiring quotes on personal finance and financial decision-making
By attendees of the Think Forward Summit on 25 February 2016
Household Wealth in Europe
Post-crisis recovery leaves big differences between countries and households
Seven fat years, seven lean years
After the crisis, Eurozone household finances finally start to look up
Personal finance choices that pay
An ING International Survey on financial behaviour for the Think Forward Initiative
Can watching TV improve your financial skills?
World Bank research on how human behaviour is influenced
THE THINK FORWARD INITIATIVE BRINGS TOGETHER THE BEST IN THEIR FIELDS
Contributors come from leading universities, consumer organisations and fintechs. Here’s an overview of the people behind the Initiative.Learn more