Smart Investing

 

Smart Investing logoThanks to a $47,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the library presented a year of programming centered on personal finance and investing from fall 2011 to spring 2012. In this series of programs we covered topics from budgeting to stocks and bonds, investment tools and savings plans.

This page provides the home base for materials from Smart Investing programs, financial literacy information, financial news, and financial blogs.

 


ongoing smart investing programs

stacks of coins on top of dollar billsLet's Talk Money!
Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm every other month for a discussion about money and personal finance with local experts. Refreshments will be served.


September 26th
November 21st

 

materials from completed smart investing programs

Budgeting and Beyond

Thursday, October 6

You can see Dr. Rauterkus here if you missed his talk:

 

You can view his presentation here:

 

Here are some materials and links from the program that you may find helpful:


Families and Finance

Thursday, October 20

You can see Dr. Stephanie Rauterkus here if you missed her presentation:

You can view her slides here:

 

 

Here are some materials and links from the program that you may find helpful:

Additional resources:

Books in our Collection:


Banking and Credit

Thursday, November 3

You can see Dr. Andreas Rauterkus here if you missed his talk:

You can view his slides here:

 

 

 


Women and Money

Saturday, November 5

You can see Dr. Stephanie Rauterkus here if you missed her talk:

 


Saving and Investing

Thursday, December 8

You can see Dr. Rauterkus here if you missed his talk:

 


Introduction to Financial Markets

Thursday, January 5

You can see Dr. Rauterkus here if you missed his talk:

You can view his slides here:


Coffee and Couponing

Saturday, January 28

Check out our panel on Couponing if you missed it:

Katie Moellering captured the pertinent details including links that you can bookmark and use later: Couponing Recap.

Download Christie Dedman's handout.


Mutual Funds

Thursday, February 2

You can see Dr. Rauterkus here if you missed his talk:

Slides for the Mutual Funds presentation:

 


Stocks and Bonds

Thursday, March 1

You can view the talk here if you missed it:

 

Slides for the Stocks and Bonds presentation:


Paying for College

Thursday, March 8

Check out the talk below:

 


Saving for Retirement

Thursday, April 5

Check out the talk below:

 


Fraud Prevention and Record Keeping

Thursday, May 3

Check out the talk below:


financial literacy resources

American Library Association's Smart Investing @ Your Library Homepage

FINRA: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

This site will help you learn about investing and how to build your financial knowledge. You’ll find articles, interactive tools, alerts and other resources that help you protect yourself.

Save and Invest

FINRA’s website dedicated to providing financial information for military families and people over 55.

AFSAEF: The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation

The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF), an affiliate of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), was established in February 1990 as a non-profit organization to heighten consumers' awareness of personal financial responsibility. AFSAEF's mission is to help consumers realize the benefits of responsible money management, understand the credit process, and seek help if credit problems occur.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), Inc., promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and builds capacity for its Members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.

Budgeting

CNN Money provides valuable information about budgeting.


financial news

CNN Money

CNN Money brings you the latest news in the financial world.

 


financial blogs

Wise Bread

This website began as a simple blog about how to live large on a small budget. It’s now a large and very interactive website.

The Simple Dollar Blog

This blog’s author was once in tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt when he decided to buckle down and change his financial situation. And he did! Now he shares information, stories, and links to all kinds of financial matters.

Get Rich Slowly Blog

Named one of Time Magazine’s Best Blogs of 2011, Get Rich Slowly is full of tips on personal finance and investing.  The author started writing the blog as he began paying off over $35,000 in credit card debt. He is all about sensible financial planning (which he says can only happen slowly, over time!).


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