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Personal Finance: Get Smart About Money

Are you ready to get smart about money?

Milwaukee Public Library has resources that can help you reach your personal financial goals. 

Whether you're looking to buy your own home, invest for college, or get out of debt, we want to help.

 
Financial and Investment Databases

Value Line

For complete stock and investment research, turn to Value Line. Online access to the Investment Survey is available. The Investment Survey, Small & Midcap Survey, and Special Situations Service, are all available in print at the Business & Technology Room at the Central Library. Available to City of Milwaukee library card holders.

Personal Finance Basics

Federal Trade Commission

For information on budgeting, buying a car, dealing with debt, avoiding scams, and more the FTC Consumer Information website is a great resource.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The CFPB provides tools to make better financial decisions regarding budgets, banking products, and long term goals. The Ask CFPB tool provides impartial answers to many financial questions.  The organization also works to protect consumers regarding financial products.

Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission

The website mymoney.gov provides materials from a collection of agencies focused on improving financial literacy skills. The website provides information on earning, borrowing, saving, and investing for all ages.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

FINRA provides basic protections and unbiased tools for investors. The website includes budgets, calculators, and general information on college savings, retirement, investments, and financial scams.

Gale Legal Forms

Turn to Gale Legal Forms when performing do-it-yourself Wisconsin legal work.  Types of forms included are those used for divorce, wills & estates, real estate, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, landlord & tenant, paternity and small business.  Sample letters are also available to use as models.  The forms in this database are integrated with the Gale Small Business Builder product to help small business owners meet legal requirements of starting a business. Available to City of Milwaukee library card holders.

Money Smart Week

For one week each spring organizations around the country focus on providing financial information, including many libraries. Any time of year you can review financial resources on the Money Smart Week website and review past events.

Credit Counseling/Bankruptcy/Identity Theft

IdentityTheft.gov

A resource provided by the Federal Trade Commission, you can report identity theft and get assistance with a recovery plan.

Identify Theft Resource Center

ITRC is a national resource center providing victim assistance at no cost to consumers throughout the U.S. If you believe you are the victim of identity theft  you can contact the ITRC Victim Assistance Center Toll Free (888) 400-5530. The ITRC website also includes information on medical identity theft, child ID theft, and more.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

NFCC is the nation's largest financial counseling organization with more than 600 community-based offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. NFCC Member Agencies provide financial counseling and education to millions of consumers each year in person, over the phone, or online. To locate an NFCC Member Agency in your area call 800-388-2227. Para ayuda en Español Ilama al 800-682-9832.

Credit Report
You are entitled to receive one free copy of your credit report from the United States' official website, AnnualCreditReport.com. You may also request a report by phone by calling 1-877-322-8228. In addition, the postal mail address for requesting a report is:

Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281 
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Through this website you can get a copy of your credit report from the three main credit reporting agencies; Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.       

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How to Make Your Money Last
How to Make Your Money Last
by Jane Bryant Quinn

Quinn tells you how to squeeze a higher income from all your assets, including your social security account, pension, your home equity, savings, retirement accounts, and how much of your savings you can afford to spend every year without running out.

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Get Good with Money
Get Good with Money
by Tiffany Aliche

Ten short-term steps that can lead to long-term financial security, including best practices for budgeting and saving as well as investing, getting a handle on your credit score and calculating insurance.

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Credit Repair Kit
Credit Repair Kit
by Melyssa Barrett et al

Need a credit makeover? You're not alone: Millions of Americans are struggling with one or more credit-related issues. This is packed full of simple, proven methods for escaping the quicksand and taking the steps needed to build up a solid score.

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Investing
Investing
by Eric Tyson

This up to date book educates you on investing concepts and lingo so you can make the best decisions in all economies and markets.

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Retirement Planning
Retirement Planning
by Matt Krantz

A resource for planning for retirement that removes the guesswork and explains the critical steps need, including how to take stock of your finances, proactively plan for your financial future and use online tools to make planning easier.

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The Intelligent Investor
The Intelligent Investor
by Benjamin Graham

Analyzes the principles of stock selection and various approaches to investing, and compares the patterns and behavior of specific securities under diverse economic conditions.

The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+
The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+
by Suze Orman

No-nonsense advice and practical tools you need to plan wisely for your retirement in today's ever-changing landscape. You'll find new rules for downsizing, spending wisely, delaying Social Security benefits, and more - starting where you are right now.

The Power of Passive Income
The Power of Passive Income
by Entrepreneur Press

This will teach readers 12 simple, safe, low-cost and low-effort strategies for setting up and activating passive income vehicles in a range of sectors like real estate, franchising, and direct sales marketing.

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Value Investing
Value Investing
by Bruce C. Greenwald, et al

Provides the fundamentals of value investing as practiced by the greatest value investors, such as Warren Buffet, Michael Price, Mario Gabelli, and Walter Schloss. The authors explore its history, explain its underlying principles, and set guidelines.

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NOLO Credit Repair
NOLO Credit Repair
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Incorporating extensive new coverage of student loan forgiveness and changes to federal laws, a latest edition outlines comprehensive steps for taking control of personal finances, cleaning up a credit report and rebuilding credit.

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