“I witnessed a life-changing experience for two poverty-stricken young men who were students at our school….after all, society expects certain males to drop out of high school and work in low-paying jobs. The students were victorious and took first place in the Milwaukee Finance and Investment Challenge Bowl and are now outstanding students at UW-Madison. They learned from the Bowl to compete and WIN!

- Milwaukee HS Teacher

On the ride home my students were filled with a buzz of excitement from the fun that they had today.  Immediately upon their return today they were talking about the experience with their peers and some were even promptly inspired to spend a couple hours after school tonight working with me on some accounting concepts to better understand course material prior to upcoming exams…your efforts will have an impact that will last a lifetime for many of the students in attendance today.”  

- Madison HS Teacher

“The information I received attending the Money Conference convinced me it was time to stop renting and buy my first home, and that’s just what I did.”

- Milwaukee Money Conference Attendee

“I’m so grateful that you took the time to come to our school and teach us about saving and investing. With what I know now I’m going to make investing in the stock market a priority when I’m old enough. Thank you Asset Builders.”

- PREP Participant

I wanted to share with you a success story from this past weekend’s Money Conference in Appleton.  As you know I have been part of the Fox Cities Money Conference for the past 5 years.  On the day of the event I contribute by discussing with attendees their credit report and explaining the current status of their credit history and score.  This year three attendees returned from prior years all with successful, positive changes on their report.  It is very encouraging to be part of this success and notice the changes that this conference is able to make in a relatively short time.”  

- Associated Bank Rep, Appleton WI

Asset Builder’s mission is to enhance the quality of life and self-determination of low and moderate income youth, families and communities through financial education and wealth building strategies.

We accomplish this mission through a combination of innovative, experiential programs and value-added collaboration with organizations that share Asset Builder’s vision.

2016/17 Calendar

October 25, 2016

9th Annual Wausau FICB Regional Tournament at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI


December 6, 2016

9th Annual Racine/Kenosha FICB Regional Tournament at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI


December 13, 2016

2nd Annual Green Bay FICB Regional Tournament at Northeast Technical College in Green Bay, WI


January 10, 2017

9th Annual Madison FICB Regional Tournament at Edgewood College in Madison, WI



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The Gradient between Economic Well Being and Health

The greater one’s income, the lower one’s likelihood of disease and premature death. Studies show that Americans at all income levels are less healthy than those with incomes higher than their own.

Not only is income (the earnings and other money acquired each year) associated with better health, but wealth (net worth and assets) affects health as well.

Though it is easy to imagine how health is tied to income for the very poor or the very rich, the relationship between income and health is a gradient: they are connected step-wise at every level of the economic ladder.

Middle-class Americans are healthier than those living in or near poverty, but they are less healthy than the upper class. Even wealthy Americans are less healthy than those Americans with higher incomes.

Income is a driving force behind the striking health disparities that many minorities experience. In fact, although blacks and Hispanics have higher rates of disease than non-Hispanic whites, these differences are “dwarfed by the disparities identified between high- and low-income populations within each racial/ethnic group.”

That is, higher-income blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans have better health than members of their groups with less income, and this income gradient appears to be more strongly tied to health than their race or ethnicity