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Personal Finance Literacy

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.

mpowered is a Colorado-based nonprofit resource for individuals and families in Colorado who want to learn about money management and participate in coaching to achieve an individual definition of financial success. 

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.

Money 101
Created by 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.

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
The National Foundation for the Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has a mission to inspire educated financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life. In Smart About Money, you can find in-depth personal finance courses, articles, calculators and tips to help you manage your money through life's ups and downs

Operation Hope 

Operation Hope, a provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capability for communities, offers articles, online classes, resources, and tools on a wide range of financial literacy topics such as banking, credit cards, home ownership, student loans, taxes, insurance, purchasing a car and more.

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.

Bank Ratings, Mortgage and CD Rates

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.

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, 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.

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

Historical Stock Quotes

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.


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.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
​The CFPB's mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.

The Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission's mission is to prevent business practices that are anti-competitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.
From the National Securities and Exchange Commission. Use the database to learn about an investor professional's background or registration status. Submit questions or complaints and learn how to avoid investment fraud.

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.

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.