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Personal Finance Literacy | Credit Counseling/Bankruptcy/Id Theft | Bank Ratings, Mortgage and CD Rates | Bonds/Mutual Funds/Stocks | Historical Stock Quotes | Investment Clubs | Fraud/Complaints

Personal Finance Literacy

CNN Money
Over 20 Money 101 lessons including investing, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, estate planning, 401(k)s, buying a car, or saving for college. Handy calculators feature cost of living comparison, checking your financial health or seeing where you rank according to your net worth.

Investor Guide
Easy- to- use introductory information on all aspects of personal finance such as taxes, budgeting, retirement, credit and an especially helpful section on estate planning.

Manage Your Money from the Colorado Virtual Library
Tools for learning about financial matters, spending plans and debt management.

My Money
Developed by 20 agencies and bureaus of the U.S. Federal government that work on improving financial literacy and education. Find financial advice based on where you are in life – ranging from the birth of a child to retirement.

Education Cents
Created by CollegeInvest, a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. In addition to tools for learning about financing higher education, other topics such as the psychology of money, credit, money management and insurance are presented in online teaching modules.

Credit Counseling/Bankruptcy/Id Theft

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
From the nation’s largest credit counseling organization, you can receive financial counseling education in person, over the phone, or online. Available in Spanish.

Nolo’s Bankruptcy Center
Free legal information about bankruptcy (chapters 7 and 13) as well as other alternatives for managing your debt.

Missing Money
Check this site for governmental unclaimed property records for bank accounts, dividends, trust funds or insurance policies.

Identity Theft Resource Center
No-cost victim assistance, state and local resources, scam alerts, and a data breach list. Available in Spanish and Chinese.

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Bank Ratings, Mortgage and CD Rates

Bankrate
News, advice, rates, and calculators for key financial areas such as mortgages, home equity, CDs, credit cards and debt management. Additionally, look for safe financial institutions by researching bank ratings for thrift, credit union and national banks. Search by name, geographic headquarters, asset size or star rating.

Denver Post
CD rates are no longer published in the Sunday paper, but are available online. Search for CDs by type, or geographically (zip code or city). Research mortgage rates by location, purpose (loan or refinance) or by type (fixed or ARM).

Bonds/Mutual Funds/Stocks

Treasury Direct
Find out about treasury bills, bonds, notes, securities and savings bonds from the first and only financial services website that lets you buy and redeem securities directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in paperless electronic form.

Investing in Bonds
Geared toward many types of investors—from beginners who are new to bonds to experienced equity investors, Investinginbonds.com is an easy-to-use source of price information and includes a wide variety of market data, news, commentary and information about bonds.

Mutual Fund Investor’s Center
Features daily pricing and performance information on more than 9000 mutual funds, plus daily news and educational information about fund investing.

Investopedia
To broaden or clarify your knowledge of the stock market, visit Investopedia’s extensive and comprehensive selection of online tutorials and articles as well as exam prep materials for tests offered by the CFA Institute.

Motley Fool
Fool.com offers news, analysis, commentary and the 13 Steps to Investing Foolishly. Also has advice on finding a broker and How to Invest 101.

What to Do with an Old Stock Certificate
Enoch Pratt Free Library offers a step-by-step guide to dealing with old stock certificates.

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Historical Stock Quotes

Bigcharts
Comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research providing access to professional-level research tools such as interactive charts, historical and current quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary.

Yahoo Historical Quotes
Just input the date (daily, weekly, monthly or dividends only) and the ticker symbol to get prices for all markets.

Enoch Pratt Library
What to Do with an Old Stock Certificate.

Investment Clubs

Better Investing Community
This nonprofit, volunteer-based source helps investment clubs organize and manage their affairs, while providing the ongoing support and educational resources they need to provide a consistently rewarding club experience. Learn how to start an investment club using ten steps, view the operations handbook or view local events in your chapter.

Fraud/Complaints

Investor Education and Assistance
The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy offers resource tools to help you check out brokers and advisors. The Scam Meter helps you decide if an investment is a scam, and the Risk Meter shows whether you share characteristics and behavior traits that have been shown to make some investors vulnerable to investment fraud.

Colorado Division of Securities
The goal of this agency is “To protect investors and maintain public confidence in the securities markets while avoiding unreasonable burdens on participants in the capital markets.” To do this, they offer instructions on how to file a complaint, links to the State statutes pertaining to securities, old stock certificate information and an investor education with many free informative brochures, books and videos.

SEC Complaint Center
File a complaint or provide the SEC with tips on potential securities law violations through the links on this page. Report infractions such as broker or firm misconduct, an unfair practice in the securities industry or the latest investment-related spam email.

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