Personal Financial Planning

Introduction

Whether you are trying to find ways to save for your future, set up a spending plan you can stick to, or avoid getting into debt, having the right information helps. Use these resources to get tips on managing and investing your money.

Internet Links
529 College Savings Plan Expense Analyzer
Use this analyzer to calculate the costs for one or two 529 college savings plans.
America Saves
Provides savings tips, strategies, and resources to help build personal wealth.
Bankrate.com
Find the best CD, money market, mortgage, and college loan rates.
BigCharts
This site specializes in basic and interactive charts on different stocks and other investments.
College Savings Plan Network
Source for state-operated college savings programs. These programs, directed by non-profit state organizations, offer tremendous tax benefits to families.
Credit Reports for Free
Information from the Federal Trade Commission about your credit report. Learn about the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Identity Theft.
Get Rich Slowly
Get Rich Slowly — recently named most inspiring money blog by Money magazine — is devoted to sensible personal finance.
Kiplinger
Watch videos on personal finance topics, read Kimberly Lankford's column about managing money, or take one of the many investment and finance quizzes at Kiplinger's Web site.
Mint.com
Free personal finance software to assist you to manage your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools.
MSN Money
A comprehensive site for investing and personal finance. Market reports, stock screeners, and charts are available to help with investing needs.
NPR’s Planet Money
This blog discusses the current financial situation around the globe. Planet Money also has a podcast you can subscribe to.
Protecting Your Savings
Calculate your FDIC insurance coverage to make sure your deposits are fully insured.
SaveAndInvest.org
Fraud protection and financial management resources aimed at military families and older adults, from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Smart About Money
This website created by the Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) provides important information about financial planning, credit, debt, saving, investing and retirement. Also check out www.nefe.org.
Yahoo! Finance
Comprehensive site for stock quotes and historical prices. Includes company profiles, news, and financials.

Articles & Databases
A full-text business periodical database of magazines and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal. Provides information on investments, economics, industry trends, finance and more. It is listed alphabetically in the Library's list of databases; your library card number is your password.
Provides company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. It is listed alphabetically in the Library's list of databases; you library card number is your password.
This resource will help with your investment decisions. It offers up-to-date independent analysts’ opinions and in-depth data on thousands of stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. In addition, it provides the same concise reports that are found in the print version of Morningstar Mutual Funds. Available only at the Business Library.

Library Materials
Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s & 30s
Fisher, Sarah Young
Financial advice targeted toward this age group. Covers topics such as online banking and buying your first home.
Everything Personal Finance in Your 40s & 50s Book
Lane, Jennifer
Have you gotten a late start on your retirement preparations or financial planning? This valuable guide will help you.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Balanced, down-to-earth advice. This magazine is available at the Business and Central libraries and many branches.
Money
Helpful articles for beginner investors. Found at the Business and Central libraries and many branches.
Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed
D'Agnese, Joseph
Comprehensive system for earning, spending, saving and surviving as an independent worker.
One Year to an Organized Financial Life
Leeds, Regina
A week-by-week plan to achieve financial peace of mind.
Pay It Down! Debt-Free on $10 a Day
Chatzky, Jean Sherman
Simple, no-nonsense advice on getting out of debt.
SmartMoney
Practical advice and articles. This magazine is found at the Business and Central libraries and many branches.
Your Money Ratios : 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security
Farrell, Charles, J.D.
Plug your income and age into simple formulas to get a picture of your savings status and overall financial health.

FAQs

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