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Financial Literacy

Providing Financial Literacy to the Unbanked

By Jason Alderman In today’s world of Internet banking, smartphone shopping apps, and web-based access to investment accounts, it’s easy to forget that billions of people around the world – including many millions in our own country – lag far behind when it comes to accessing even the most rudimentary financial management tools. Indeed, according to the World Bank’s Global Findex Database: Approximately 2.5 billion adults worldwide don’t have a …Read More

How Housing Counseling Could Help You

By Lauralynn  Schueckler Whether you are thinking of buying your own home or are already a homeowner, housing counseling can offer valuable help when you need it most. It is a common misconception to believe that housing counseling is only for people whose mortgages are underwater or those who have bad credit.  For those who are interested in becoming a homeowner, housing counselors can offer some compelling arguments to support the …Read More

Understanding the Importance of a Credit Report

By Gail Cunningham The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it would soon begin examining credit reporting agencies to confirm, among other things, that they are producing accurate credit reports and that consumers have ample ability to dispute errors on their reports. An accurate credit report is critical to a person’s financial future, and consumers need to be aware that the responsibility for reviewing their report lies with …Read More

What to Discuss With Your Potential Financial Advisor– Part 3

 By Gary Silverman We continue the series on how to find a financial advisor. Today we’ll whittle down your list. You’ve found an advisor or three who look like they might be a good fit for you…but how do you know? First, I’d schedule a meeting. Most financial planners and advisors will offer a free introductory meeting so that you can kick their tires and they can see if you’re …Read More

Choosing a Financial Advisor – Part 2

 By Gary Silverman Investment advisor, financial planner, financial advisor, stockbroker, registered investment advisor, insurance agent, retirement planning specialist, personal financial specialist…what the heck do all these mean and what do they all do? Heck if I know. You see, some of the designations above require specific licenses, some infer a certain level of expertise, and some don’t have any requirements to them at all. Instead of going through a very …Read More

Choosing a Financial Advisor: Part One

By Gary Silverman People regularly ask me how to choose a financial advisor. After my stock answer of “choose me,” I begin by asking them why they want one. Financial advice means different things to different people. One such person told me that he had some stocks that he wanted to buy and wanted me to buy them for him. Well, that’s not giving financial advice. He did his own …Read More

Using Comic Books to Teach Financial Literacy

By Jason Alderman For decades, millions of kids have faithfully followed the adventures of their favorite comic book superheroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men – sometimes well into adulthood. Although often considered pure escapism, comic books also can serve an educational role – whether it’s teaching the principles of science, demonstrating right vs. wrong, or even helping kids learn how to read. Personal financial management is one of those important, …Read More

ABCs Of Obtaining Credit For College Grads

Recent college graduates are undoubtedly anxious to get on with their lives and do very grown-up things such as enter the workforce, buy a car and upgrade from dorm life to a nice apartment. The reality is that it’s going to take credit to achieve many of their dreams, and if they’ve not established credit while in school, now is the time to start. “Today’s graduate will be attempting to …Read More

The NFCC’s Crash Course On College Credit

For incoming freshmen, college means one thing: freedom. It also is usually a person’s first experience with credit cards. According to a recent study by Student Monitor, nearly two-thirds of college undergraduates acquire their first credit card before age 19. Eighty-seven percent of those are freshmen. While college is full of exciting and new adventures, the NFCC wants to remind college freshmen that these years are critical to one’s financial …Read More