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Explore the world of personal finance. We have compiled a multitude of resources through the library and online to help you take charge of your finances, no matter what stage of planning you are facing.
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A key component of personal finance is financial planning.  To help get started or for the latest advice, your library has the tools that you need. 



Personal Finance Literacy

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The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances after Fifty - Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz; Joanne Cuthbertson
ISBN: 0804137366
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
The financial world is more complex than ever, and people are struggling to make sense of it all. If you're like most people moving into the phase of life where protecting--as well as growing-- assets is paramount, you're faced with a number of financial puzzles. Maybe you're struggling to get your kids through college without drawing down your life's savings. Perhaps you sense your nest egg is at risk and want to move into safer investments. Maybe you're contemplating downsizing to a smaller home, but aren't sure of the financial implications. Possibly, medical expenses have become a bigger drain than you expected and you need help assessing options. Perhaps you'll shortly be eligible for social security but want to optimize when and how to take it.

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More Money, Please - Scott Gamm
ISBN: 9780452298439
Publication Date: 2013-04-30
Personal finance 101--without the homework or quizzes.Most of us graduate high school with a basic understanding of history, math, science, and literature, but when it comes to personal finance--arguably the topic that we use most in our daily lives--we feel lost or overwhelmed. No longer! Cast aside your fear of FICO scores and your confusion about credit cards, because Scott Gamm, founder of and student at NYU Stern School of Business is here to help.More Money, Please is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand introduction to money management. Gamm walks readers through the basics of personal finance, from savings accounts to student loans, including:**How to pay for college without getting into tons of debt*Why getting a credit card is a good thing--if you pick the right one*How to use your smart phone to pay bills on time*Why it's important to save for retirement right nowA must-read for college students and recent grads, More Money, Please will show you how to take control of your

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The Teen Money Manual - Kara McGuire
ISBN: 162370135X
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
Provides a comprehensive guide for teenagers to saving, spending, and earning money, and includes information on starting a business, preparing for interviews, opening a bank account, and purchasing car and property insurance.

Finance Databases

  • Legal Forms
    Official, State specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
  • Mergent - InvestorEdge
    Research tool provides access to company documents and financial information for individual companies. Search corporate documents including annual reports, industry reports as well as Corporate Bond Reports; including, industry reports with sector level analysis covering current environment, industry profiles, performance, and market trends outlook.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Morningstar Investment Research Center is an all-inclusive investment research database. It features data and analysis on over 13,000 international and domestic stocks, 24,000 mutual funds, and more than 1300 exchange traded funds. Plus, the database boasts a comprehensive Help and Education Center, Portfolio X-Ray and robust screening tools.
  • NewsBank
    The electronic editions of record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--all in one easy-to-search database. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community.
  • Regional Business News
    Comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Personal Finance Web Resources


Bank Rate Monitor

Bankrate, Inc. is the Web's leading aggregator of financial rate information, offering an unparalleled depth and breadth of rate data and financial content. Bankrate continually surveys approximately 4,800 financial institutions in all 50 states in order to provide clear, objective, and unbiased rates to consumers. Our flagship Web site,, provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. In addition to rate data, we publish original and objective personal finance stories to help consumers make informed financial decisions. Our staff of award winning reporters and editors provides expert advice on just about every major financial decision facing our readers: from purchasing their first home, to selecting a new car, to saving for retirement.


How to Save Money

This is a nice, simple site that has a variety of calculators and worksheets for budgeting, estimating loans, determining spending trends, and more


Khan Academy: Finance and Capital Markets

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. This link includes videos on financial topics that may be of interest to you.


Manage Your Money (Colorado Virtual Library)

Don’t let overwhelming information and fine print deter you from finding basic financial freedom in your life. With just a little bit of consistent effort and some basic financial understanding, it is still possible (and relatively simple) to build a successful financial future for yourself. The six quick lessons below will give you a start. Understand the basics, put them into practice, and you’ll be on the path to achieving your financial goals. Along the way, you’ll discover lots of web resources and free online to help. The website includes some tools for learning about financial matters, spending plans and debt management. is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.


Your Finances

This blog, maintained by Cash Advance, covers a wide range of financial topics and has guides on many of the financial issues you may be dealing with.




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