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Financial Literacy

Annotation:allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Annotation:Find helpful tips on managing your money, filing your taxes, saving money, spending money, insurance and more!

Annotation:Learn more about choosing a bank, how to use ATM and debit cards, resolving problems with your bank and tips to consider when setting up an account.

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Annotation:Set up a budget with this handy tool from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

Annotation:Thinking about buying a home? Find information that can help! Figure out how much you can afford, know your rights, learn about home buying options, shop for a loan, learn about home buying programs, shop for a home, make an offer, get a home inspection, shop for home insurance, sign papers and more.

Annotation:CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Greater Portland, an initiative of United Way of Greater Portland, is a partnership of community leaders and industry experts helping you find ways to increase your income, reduce debt, save for the future, and achieve financial stability.

Annotation:a leading organization in financial education for Maine refugees and new immigrants. This is the only organization working in Lewiston and Greater Portland to improve their financial lives.

Annotation:Converts prices for years 1913 to present based on Consumer Price Index averages.

Annotation:A glossary of terms related to credit cards.

Annotation:From the Federal Reserve. Based on the information you provide, the calculator will give you an estimate of how long it will take you to pay off your credit card balance

Annotation:Oanda provides this handy calculator to convert currency.

Annotation:Economists at the Federal Reserve Board conduct innovative research on a broad range of topics in economics and finance. In addition to presenting their research to policymakers, Board economists share their research at academic conferences and publish it in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly outlets.

Annotation:How to prepare for college, what types of aid are available, do you qualify for aid, how to apply for aid, how to manage loans and more.

Annotation:Use this online dictionary from Investopedia to find the meaning to thousands of financial terms.

Annotation:You have probably gotten your share of pre-approved credit card offers in the mail. Before you accept that latest offer; make sure you shop around to get the best deal. In order to find the best card for you, you should decide what’s important to you and what fits your needs depending on how you plan to use the card.

Annotation:The Maine Bureau of Insurance is committed to making you aware of your rights and assisting you with complaints and questions about your insurance coverage.

Annotation: is your online resource to help you invest wisely and avoid fraud.

Annotation:Investopedia is a resource for investing education, personal finance and market analysis. With a comprehensive financial dictionary, exam preparation materials and active trading strategies, Investopedia is a leading destination for investors of all stages.

Annotation:This calculator can help you determine whether you need to give your employer a new Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate to avoid having too much or too little Federal income tax withheld from your pay. You can use your results from the calculator to help fill out the form.

Annotation:The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) provides information on a variety of financial topics: budgeting, cars, homes, consumer protection laws, collateral, foreclosure, federal regulations, home equity, loans, predatory lending, tax credits and much more. is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from more than 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.

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Annotation:The Social Security Administration's Retirement Estimator gives estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record. Please keep in mind that these are just estimates. They can’t provide your actual benefit amount until you apply for benefits

Annotation:The U.S. Department of Labor and Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) want you to succeed in setting financial and retirement goals. This guide starts you on the way to setting goals and putting your retirement high on the list of personal priorities.

Annotation:You try to be physically healthy. Watch what you eat. Exercise. But are you doing the right things to be financially healthy too? Consider the experts at Smart About Money your partners in financial fitness and long-term wealth health. Smart About Money is one of the many programs of the National Endowment for Financial Education®. NEFE® is an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals.

Annotation:For Educators, every Understanding Taxes lesson includes the correlations to national and state educational standards. Each lesson plan includes a link to the applicable national and state standards, making it simple to integrate Understanding Taxes into your existing classroom curricula.

Annotation:360 Degrees of Financial literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills. It focuses on financial education as a lifelong endeavor—from children learning about the value of money to adults reaching a secure retirement.

Annotation:Provides financial news and information. In 2012 the New York Times described it as the top financial news and research website in the United States. The web site offers news and information such as video programming, stock quotes, stock exchange rates, corporate press releases and financial reports, and message boards. It also offers some online tools for personal finance management. Yahoo! Finance Worldwide offers similar features for International finance markets.

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