Financial Literacy Month

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Financial literacy is the ability to make informed decisions about your finances. This means having knowledge about financial tools, and knowing how to find help when you need it.

April 21-28, 2018 is Money Smart Week, a great time to think about what you need to learn to increase your financial literacy.

Recommended websites

AnnualCreditReport.com
Did you know you can access your annual credit report for free? Access it through AnnualCreditReport.com to check for errors and set up fraud alerts if needed. You are entitled to one credit report free from each of the three credit reporting agencies once a year.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
This US government agency exists to help ensure that financial companies treat consumers fairly. Access the site to learn about many topics related to finance, including what to consider when you get a loan, paying for college, and what your rights are with debt collectors. You can also submit complaints through the site, and browse public complaints about companies.

Nerdwallet
Nerdwallet reviews credit cards, banking services, mortgages, insurance and investment products based on a number of factors, including interest rates, fees, and options for students. The site also provides comparison tools and information on financial basics, like how to build your credit and how to start saving.

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