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Bankers Teach Kids to Save


Every April, bankers will go to schools to teach savings lessons. To date, about 100,000 bankers have reached 4 million students. For more information, go to www.teachchildrentosave.com

Find Advice from CPAs


The nation’s certified public accountants offer help with personal finances at www.360financialliteracy.org. Find something for every life stage, for teens and tweens to retirees.

New or Used Car?


Here’s is a simple way to compare the cost of buying two different cars. At Edmunds.com, use the True Cost to Own® tool to calculate a five-year cost to own each vehicle. Check www.edmunds.com/tco.html

Or, see if trading in your gas guzzling car makes sense, www.edmunds.com/calculators/gas-guzzler.html

Investor Protection for You


Is your broker legit? Use BrokerCheck, a free service from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). You’ll find background info on 1.3 million brokers plus 17,000 FINRA-registered brokerage firms.

Call 1/800-289-9999 or go to www.finra.org or www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/index.htm

Iowa Students Borrow Most


The Project on Student Debt shows Iowa’s college students borrowed more than most in other states. About 74% of students carried college debt, with an average of $28,883/student.

Personal Wealth Estimator


Here's an on-line tool to estimate your current and future net worth.

Test Your Savings Knowledge


Take this quiz to determine how much you understand about saving in America.


New York Stock Exchange


Here's a website with personal finance information from the NYSE.

Get Your Financial Security Score



Are you financially secure? Get a snapshot of how your financial health compares by answering a few questions on navigating the financial world, managing your money and your attitudes. The index was recently launched by University of Wisconsin’s Center for Financial Security, which focuses on personal decision making.

Take the survey at here.