Finance

    March, 2009

  • Global Financial Crisis - March 13, 2009 05:14 PM
    The current recession encompasses the worst economic conditions seen in the United States since the Great Depression. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research this economic downturn began in December 2007, however some of its roots lay in the remedies for the previous official recession, which happened during 2001. The links in this guide take you through recent interest rate cuts, subprime mortgage issuance and asset-backed securities and how they led to the current state of the economy.
  • July, 2008

  • Financial Aid - July 06, 2008 12:51 PM
    For most students, going to college is a rite of passage to adulthood, and for many adults, going back to school offers a chance at promotion and a better career. Yet paying for college has become increasingly difficult. Use the Financial Aid Web Guide to find Web resources that can help you fund your education.

    Read a Spanish-language version of this guide.
  • February, 2008

  • U.S. Economy - February 29, 2008 02:48 PM
    The U.S. economy is one of the most important aspects of American society. Not only does it affect citizens on a daily basis, but it is also a pivotal element in determining U.S. politics and government. This guide serves as a brief outline of the U.S. economy, beginning with the basic history of economic policy and then covering present-day federal economic organizations, private economic think tanks, sources for economic news and economic indicators.
  • January, 2008

  • Life Insurance - January 16, 2008 10:21 PM
    Life insurance is a topic that many people would like to avoid, yet it could be one of the most important forms of insurance to have. Planning for life insurance is not always easy. You have to keep an eye out for scams, understand which insurance policies are right for you, and choose an insurance provider, among other things. This guide will help you cut through some of these obstacles, by using the Web to teach you about life insurance basics.
  • December, 2007

  • Recommit to Your New Year's Resolutions - December 20, 2007 12:19 PM
    As we ring in the new year, millions of people make resolutions to change their lives for the better, hoping to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with their families or make other life improvements. The Web can aid you on your journey, with advice, resources and inspiration that will help you follow through with—or recommit to—your New Year's resolutions.
  • October, 2007

  • Real Estate Investing - October 29, 2007 10:38 AM
    Investing in real estate has long been a way for individuals and families to earn supplemental income and enhance their net worth. And, of course, there's great financial potential: if you make the right decisions, you'll reap the financial rewards. Use this guide to get educated, licensed, and set up with houses and real estate resources all from the comfort of your own home.
  • Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, Guardians, Insurance, and Taxes - October 28, 2007 10:24 AM
    If you'd like to rest assured that your loved ones will be cared for and not left with a financial or legal mess when you're gone, now is the time to get the necessary paperwork in order. There are a number of Web sites that can show you how to do it.
  • Mortgages: Home Loans on the Web - October 18, 2007 11:18 AM
    Buying a first home is an important milestone in anyone's life. But even if it's your fifth home purchase, the financial jargon and seemingly endless paperwork involved in getting a mortgage can overshadow the excitement of owning your new home. On the Web you'll be able to find resources that help you understand what a mortgage is and how it works; decide which type of mortgage works best for you; find a reputable lender; and even understand what happens after you get your loan. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • September, 2007

  • Retirement Planning - September 20, 2007 04:01 PM
    Whether your retirement is a few decades or a few months away, now is the time to prepare for your postcareer years. While you’re daydreaming of one day surfing the coast of Florida, why not surf the Net for some tips to help you save for retirement?
  • Use the Web to Take Charge of Your Credit - September 18, 2007 06:16 PM
    We use credit to make many substantial business deals, such as buying a home or car, or obtaining a loan. Other times, we simply want to use a credit card to make our daily lives a little easier. Whether you want to learn how to select the right credit card, protect yourself from identity theft, or learn how your credit score affects the loans you receive, the Web can serve as your guide to understanding, establishing, and maintaining good credit. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • June, 2007

  • Personal Finance: Organize, Manage, Research, and Invest Online - June 18, 2007 01:55 PM
    The Internet can streamline your ongoing personal finance tasks and keep you informed about changes and opportunities in the financial world that may affect you. There are tools for learning the basics, doing your banking online, and managing your budget, credit, and loans.
  • Making Your Money Work for You - June 15, 2007 04:52 PM
    Looking for a more efficient way to research investments and make your money work for you? Online, you can learn the basics of investing or you get advanced stock tips and news. You can research, check in on what other investors are doing, or even use the Internet to make trades through an online brokerage. We'll walk you through the basics and show you the best investment-related sites on the Web.