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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Celebrate National Financial Literacy Month 2017

National Financial Literacy Month piggy bank with dollar sign
It's one of those things that I've always been meaning to do. I'm going to have a look at my finances. What am I'm currently doing to plan for retirement? What could and should I be doing? Could I do a better job budgeting my money? Can I find more areas in my life to save money? Should I think about investing? If you too have been meaning to have a look at your finances or you want to do a financial health checkup, join MCPL in celebrating National Financial Literacy Month this April!

Company Research, Investing, and Investor Education
If you're thinking about investing, or already are investing, its important to do research. MCPL has many online databases you can use in our branches or at home for your investment research. These databases are free to anyone who has a MCPL library card. We have resources for both company and investing research.

money tree growing out of a bookWant to know how well a company or industry is doing? Have a look at Business Insights: Global and Business Source Premier. With Business Insights: Global, you can search by company name or industry. A company search provides key financial figures, compares the company with similar companies and industries, and includes many articles about the company. Business Resource Premier offers company and industry articles from business journals. You also won't get stuck behind a paywall with our online access to the Wall Street Journal, where you'll find great financial information about publicly traded companies.

There are some good options for investing research too. Morningstar Investment Research Center, Standard & Poor's Net Advantage, and Value Line provide financial information on publicly traded companies as well as stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded-funds, and more. You can also find industry information. What I really appreciate about these sites is that all offer financial education resources. We've gathered some additional investor education information as well.

coins and stem growing out of a book
Managing Your Money
Managing your money, whether personal finance or planning for retirement, is important to do. There are many great organizations and websites that help with these two aspects of financial planning, and we've gathered some of the best for you. One I'd like to highlight, since it is National Financial Literacy Month, is the Financial Literacy Month site. It has a variety of tools to put you on the path to achieving financial wellness, including free webinars, financial worksheets, and a 30 step plan.  We have also gathered online resources to help you track your spending and saving, make financial calculations, and find housing assistance. Some local organizations offer classes on money management and finances. While we often think about our own fiances, it's important to remember that financial literacy is important for any age, including kids and teens.

Books and E-Books
And (of course!) we have books and e-books on finances that can help consumers make more informed choices. Looking for books on money management? Books for women on taking control of their finances? Books about money for kids or teens? We've got you covered! In Safari Books Online and Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium/OverDrive you'll find business e-books on money management and finances. 

Events
From building wealth to planning for retirement, we've got financial literacy and Money Smart Week (April 22 - 29) programs you won't want to miss!

money smart week logo with Benjamin Franklin
Taxes
tax information, money, calculator
Don't forget that taxes are due Tuesday, April 18! We have printed federal and Maryland state tax forms at select branches. We recommend calling ahead before visiting a branch for this material. At all branches, with the exception of the Noyes branch, tax forms can be printed off on public computers. Select branches also offer free income tax preparation by trained volunteers for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers by appointment.

We're excited for all ages to learn about investing and personal finance! Start your journey to achieving your financial goals today!

Susan

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