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Online Financial Resources
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) gives consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. The CFPB was formed to protect consumers. Among other things, the CFPB enforces federal consumer financial protection laws, restricts unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices, and promotes financial education.
Lesson Plans, publications, activities grades k thru 12 on topics such as personal finance, banking, money and economics
Basic Classes in Banking, Savings and Credit concepts
Everything you need to understand about your finances and did not know who to ask
A portal to all of the best finance and investing sites, searchable by topic of interest. Index of latest papers is visible on left hand column
Dictionary of all investment and financial terms. A great place to start
Military Financial Education, information on a wide variety of topics
including credit management and duty station changes.
Project and Save and Invest 55+ reduce the incidence of investment fraud
among investors 55+
Information about returning to work and disability benefits.
FDIC Money Smart (English) Online financial education
FDIC Money Smart (Spanish) Online financial education
Contains links to a variety of agencies and tools intenden to a Consumers navigate an increasingly complicated banking landscape.
Office of Financial Empowerment: Budgets, banking, loans and taxes! This site will show you ways to Get , Manage , Save , and Protect your money , provide important information about Debt and Credit , and help you Find a Class or Counselor .
A credible resource for basic financial education to help people better understand and manage their personal finances.
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 MyMoney.gov 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.
Find out how FDIC deposit insurance works and determine if your savings and investments are insured. Learn about Consumer Protection including credit and debit card issues.
Calculate your FDIC insurance coverage
Compare interest rates for checking, savings accounts, prepaid cards, credit cards, secured credit cards and other loans. Calculate your estimated payments.
Compare interest rates on CD savings, auto loans, and credit cards and more. Calculate your estimated payments
Free budget planning worksheets
Compare credit card offers and costs. Helps you to find the “best” credit card for you
Determine credit card payment schedules
Helpful information about credit cards and debt as well as credit card scams and how to avoid them.
A Prepaid Debit Card for Social Security Recipients who do not have bank accounts. A safe, easy way for them to access payments.
Provides a basic guide to navigating the credit card process.
New Overdraft Rules for Debit and ATM cards March 2010
New Credit Card Rules March 2010
A consumers guide to credit reports and credit scores, a credit card repayment calculator and more.
Credit card basics
Answers and solutions for most banking and credit card issues.
Information about how credit scores are calculated. Includes a loan calculatorwhich illustrates how credit scores impact lending rates.
Information about cosigning a loan
http://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumer/brbba.htm Information about opening a basic banking
http://www.dfs.ny.gov/ This is the official site of the NY State Banking and Insurance Departments and has information on a wide variety of banking and insurance topics for consumers
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS): http://www.irs.gov/ This is a go-to Web site for federal income tax information, publications, forms, tools, and tax filing. An especially helpful reference is IRS Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/index.html.
- New York State Department of Taxation and Finance: http://www.tax.ny.gov/ This is a go-to Web site for New York income tax information, publications, forms, tools, and tax filing.
- New York City Personal Income Tax: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dof/html/services/business_tax_nys_income.shtml This Web Site explains the personal income tax that New York City residents must pay on their earnings.
- Taxes Terms (Investopedia): http://www.investopedia.com/categories/taxes.asp?page=2#axzz2BMmdXRMM This Web site provides an easily searchable comprehensive glossary of tax terms organized in alphabetical order.
- Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center (IRS): http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Small-Business-and-Self-Employed-Tax-Center-1 This Web site is a “one-stop” source of tax information for small businesses with articles, tax forms, and more.
- EITC Assistant Fact Sheet (IRS): www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=130102,00.html This Web site describes the IRS “EITC Assistant” tool to help users find out if they are eligible for the EITC.
- New York City Earned Income Tax Credit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ofe/html/policy_and_programs/eitc.shtml This Web site describes the features and criteria of the New York City earned income tax credit.
- Taxpayer Advocate Service (IRS): http://www.irs.gov/uac/Taxpayer-Advocate-Service-6 This Web page contains over a dozen links about an IRS office that helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS.
- New York State Taxpayer Advocate: http://www.tax.ny.gov/tra/ This Web page helps users access services from the Office of the New York State Taxpayer Advocate.
- Understanding Taxes Student Site (IRS): http://apps.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes/student/index.jsp This Web site contains 38 student lessons divided into two content areas: the hows and the whys of income taxes.
- Your Guide to an IRS Audit (IRS): www.irsvideos.gov/audit/This Web site contains a series of 10 short videos that discuss topics related to the IRS tax audit process.
- New York State Department of Financial Services: http://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/dfs_insurance.htm This Web site has information and forms related to health, life, and property insurance and insurance fraud topics.
- Insurance Information Institute: http://www.iii.org/ This Web site has information about a variety of insurance topics including how to make a claim and flood insurance.
- New York State Worker’s Compensation Board: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/Workers/Workers.jsp This Web site explains worker’s compensation insurance and the process for filing a claim after an injury on the job.
- New York State Disability Insurance: http://ww3.nysif.com/DisabilityBenefits.aspx This Web site explains temporary cash benefits for eligible wage earners disabled by an off-the-job injury or illness.
- Social Security Disability Insurance: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/ This Web site provides information about qualifications to receive Social Security disability and how to apply for it.
- Life Insurance Needs Calculator: http://www.lifehappens.org/life-insurance-needs-calculator/ This online calculator helps people determine how much life insurance they need based on personal variables.
- Evaluate Life Insurance (Consumer Federation of America): http://www.evaluatelifeinsurance.org/ This Web site describes a resource for evaluating the rate of return on a cash value life insurance policy.
- Consumer Guide to Automobile Insurance (NY Department of Financial Services): http://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/auto/2011/auto1102.htm
This Web site contains the content of a publication about auto insurance.
- Car Insurance in New York (DMV.org): http://www.dmv.org/ny-new-york/car-insurance.php This Web site explains the liability insurance requirements for New York state residents.
- Medicare Web Site (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services): http://www.medicare.gov/ This is the official U.S. government Medicare Web site and includes links for information and online search tools.
- Medicaid Web Site: http://www.medicaid.gov/ This Web site describes features of Medicaid, eligibility requirements, and how to sign up for benefits.
- Medicaid in New York State (New York State Department of Health): http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/ This Web site is a one-stop resource for questions about the Medicaid program administered by New York State.
- HealthCare.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services): http://www.healthcare.gov/ This Web site provides information on a wide variety of health finance issues including insurance and health care laws.
- New York State Health Insurance Programs: http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/ This is a one-stop source of information about New York health insurance programs such as Child Health Plus (a health insurance program for income-eligible children) and the Age 29 Dependent Coverage Extension.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/ The official HHS Department Web site includes information about its programs, current events, and health topics.
- Long Term Care (LTC) Information (Department of Health and Human Services): http://www.longtermcare.gov This Web site discusses types of long-term care services, how much they cost, and how to plan ahead for LTC needs.
- National Association of Insurance Commissioners: http://www.naic.org/consumer_military_insurance.htm This Web site discusses insurance topics from the perspective of the unique needs and concerns of military families.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): http://www.va.gov/ This is the VA Department home page and includes information about a variety of programs for military veterans.
- Glossary of Insurance Terms (A.M. Best): http://www.ambest.com/resource/glossary.html This Web site provides an easily searchable comprehensive glossary of insurance terms.
- Best’s Credit Ratings (A.M. Best Company): http://www3.ambest.com/ratings/default.asp This Web site provides information about how A.M. Best rates the financial strength of insurance companies.
Quick and easy comparison of mortgage and home equity rate offerings.
News and analysis of mortgage rate trends
Quick and easy comparison of mortgage and home equity rate offerings.
News and analysis of mortgage rate trends
- http://mortgages.interest.com/content/firsttimes /whichmtge.asp
Determine which type of mortgage is right for you.
If you are struggling with your mortgage payments or facing foreclosure, Fannie Mae has created KnowYourOptions.com; so you can find the information you need, and get help before it's too late.
U.S. Social Security Administration…..it is all there, how to apply, how to estimate your social security income, Medicare etc. Sign in or create your My Social Security Account.
allows any individual toestimate Social Secuity benefits online.
This calculator shows the average number of additional years that a person is expected to live based only on their age and gender. Lifestyle factors, health status, and family health history are not considered.
Explains different types of retirement plans, ie. 401ks, 403bs
- http://www.irs.gov/retirement/article/0,,id=111413,00.html This Web site contains an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fact sheet with frequently-asked questions about IRAs.
For the latest information on IRA contribution income limits and other rules see publication 590, section on IRAs.
- http://njaes.rutgers.edu/money/ira-table.asp This online fact sheet from Rutgers Cooperative Extension shows the appropriate divisors for taxpayers over age 70½ to use to withdraw the correct RMD amount from tax-deferred retirement savings plans.
Describes differences between traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, which is best for you.
Describes how to start an IRA and where to start it.
The Ballpark E$timate is an easy-to-use, two-page worksheet that helps you quickly identify approximately how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement. The Ballpark E$timate takes complicated issues like projected Social Security benefits and earnings assumptions on savings, and turns them into language and mathematics that are easy to understand.
- Retirement Planning Information and Research
- Planning For a Secure Retirement: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/retirement/ This Purdue University Cooperative Extension Web site is an entire retirement planning course that is broken down into ten modules with additional links to online resources.
- Center for Retirement Research: http://crr.bc.edu/ This Web site is a good source of information about retirement topics and research findings about retirement.
- Retirement Confidence Survey: http://www.ebri.org/surveys/rcs/ The annual Retirement Confidence Survey, sponsored by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), measures workers’ attitudes about retirement and trends in how people are planning for retirement.
- Vesting Schedule Information: http://retireplan.about.com/od/401kplans/a/vesting.htm This Web page describes the various types of vesting schedules where workers obtain a legal right to their employer’s contributions to a retirement savings plan.
- New York State and Local Retirement System: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/members/vesting.htm This Web site provides information about the vesting requirements for the defined benefit pension plan for New York State employees. Benefits for members in different pension plan tiers are explained.
- Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC): http://www.pbgc.gov/ This Web site provides information about the federal government agency that guarantees certain benefits to eligible private sector workers whose employer’s defined benefit pension is not financially sound.
How to get started with bond investing as well as up to date bond market information, prices, news and commentary
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority everything you need to know about bonds and bond markets. Also, has current bond pricing and yield to maturity information and facilitates bond searches
Electronic Municipal Market Access. The official sources for municipal disclosures, market data and educational material for municipal bonds
Treasury Direct – Learn about purchasing and holding Treasury Securities and Treasury savings bonds. An account can be set up to buy Treasuries through this site
Yahoo! Bonds – Bond market rates and summaries and Bonds 101.
- Common Stock: Education
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority site offers a wealth of articles and interactive tools to build your financial knowledge, check brokers and investment advisor credentials, and look out for Fraud
Learning materials on subjects such as: Getting your Finances Ready for Retirement, Financial Literacy Training for High School Students, Get Rich Slow, women’s retirement game
Military Financial Education, information on a wide variety of topics including credit management and duty station changes.
Project and Save and Invest 55+ reduce the incidence of investment fraud among investors 55 +
- Common Stock: Prices
Yahoo! Finance Current and historical stock prices and charts.
- Common Stock: Exchanges
New York Stock Exchange individual investor education series, shareholder rights, option directories, exchange traded funds. News!
Nasdaq daily market news headlines, daily quotes, charts and research such as institutional holding of individual stocks.
- Mutual Funds
Barrons Online Quarterly Mutual Fund Report details performance for the last 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years. Weekly mutual funds listing and interviews with Fund Managers
Individual reports on all Closed End Mutual Funds and ETFs, sorted by market return, NAV, premium or discount. Also, ADRs and more
A thorough introduction to mutual funds including a glossary of key mutual fund terms
If you are looking for socially responsible investments, this site will help guide you
Yahoo! Finance. Current and historical mutual fund prices and charts.
Basic information about ETFs including risks and taxes.
Fundamentals of ETFs. What they are, how they are created, what are the benefits and pitfalls.
What are ETFs, how are they traded, different types etc.
Explanation of ETFs with links to other sources.
this page provides education and updates on important developments regarding Exchange Traded Funds.
- http://www.ici.org/etf_resources: this page provides education and updates on important developments regarding Exchange Traded Funds.
- College: Planning and Financing
- www.collegeboard.org everything the student needs to know from preparing for college exams, choosing the right college, and financing college. calculators
- http://www.finra.org/Investors/InvestmentChoices/CollegeSavingsPlans/ Resources, calculator and Savings Plans (529 Accounts)
- www.finaid.org a comprehensive source of student financial aid information including calculators.
- www.bls.gov/bls/blswage.htm provides wage data by job title and state and region to help students determine what a career's future earnings might be.
- www.actstudent.org information for choosing careers, planning for college and financing college
- www.fafsa.ed.gov (Free application for Federal Student Aid) apply for student financial aid
- www.studentaid.ed.gov provides information about types of financial aid, qualifications for aid and the application process
- http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ searchable information about specific colleges and their costs and financial aid programs.
- www.consumerfinance.gov/students/repay/ student debt repayment assistance
- http:www.irs.gov/publications/p970/index.html IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education
- www.collegesavings.org guide to college savings plans (529 Plans)
- www.hesc.com NYState Higher Education Services Corp. College planning, saving and financial aid information for NY State residents.
- www.nysaves.org NY College Savings Plan (529)
- www.gibill.va.gov "one stop: US Government web site about educational benefits for veterans.
- www.smartaboutmoney.org Strategies to consider when time to save for college is limited.
- Identity Theft
Allows you to view and print your credit report.
everything you need to know about different kinds of identity theft and how to protect yourself.
An informational site about identity theft.
Identity theft quiz and other information.
- www.finra.org/Investors/ProtectYourself/InvestorAlerts/FraudsAndScams/p010734 Discusses “phishing” and other online identity theft scams, including those related to investment fraud.
- www.fraud.org/tips/internet/idtheftavoid.htm The National Consumers League has a good summary of recommended practices to reduce the risk of becoming an identity theft victim.
- www.identitytheft.com/article/identity_theft_military and http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/military/ Online articles that discuss the unique identity theft risks that service members experience.
- www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/resources/forms/affidavit.pdf This is the link to the official FTC form that identity theft victims can use to report an identity theft crime to creditors, financial institutions, and others.