Are you ready to get smart about money?
Milwaukee Public Library has resources that can help you reach your personal financial goals.
Whether you're looking to buy your own home, invest for college, or get out of debt, we want to help!
Let's Talk Investing: Curious about investments or thinking about your retirement? Join Central Library business staff for a free, no-pressure presentation that will cover basic investment terms, tips from the experts, and resources available at the library.
- Location: Central Library Conference Room 2B
- Thursday, May 21: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
- Thursday, October: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Financial and Investment Databases
For a better understanding of how investment markets and current news events interact, CFRA MarketScope Advisor is the place to learn more. With its blend of stock, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund reports, plus a constant ticker of business news items, database users will see the synergy behind market movement. Bonus – also included is the well-known investment publication The Outlook, which identifies the developments and trends that affect stock performance and makes recommendations on when to buy, hold, and sell. Provided by the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.
This resource will help with your investment decisions. It offers up-to-date independent analysts’ opinions and in-depth data on thousands of stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Available online only to City of Milwaukee library card holders.
For complete stock and investment research, turn to Value Line. Online access to the Investment Survey is available. The Investment Survey, Small & Midcap Survey, and Special Situations Service, are all available in print at the Business & Technology Room at the Central Library. Available to City of Milwaukee library card holders.
Personal Finance Basics
For information on budgeting, buying a car, dealing with debt, avoiding scams, and more the FTC Consumer Information website is a great resource.
The CFPB provides tools to make better financial decisions regarding budgets, banking products, and long term goals. The Ask CFPB tool provides impartial answers to many financial questions. The organization also works to protect consumers regarding financial products.
The website mymoney.gov provides materials from a collection of agencies focused on improving financial literacy skills. The website provides information on earning, borrowing, saving, and investing for all ages.
FINRA provides basic protections and unbiased tools for investors. The website includes budgets, calculators, and general information on college savings, retirement, investments, and financial scams.
Turn to Gale Legal Forms when performing do-it-yourself Wisconsin legal work. Types of forms included are those used for divorce, wills & estates, real estate, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, landlord & tenant, paternity and small business. Sample letters are also available to use as models. The forms in this database are integrated with the Gale Small Business Builder product to help small business owners meet legal requirements of starting a business. Available to City of Milwaukee library card holders.
For one week each spring organizations around the country focus on providing financial information, including many libraries. Any time of year you can review financial resources on the Money Smart Week website and review past events.
This program raises awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourages advance planning and informed financial decision-making.
Credit Counseling/Bankruptcy/Identity Theft
A resource provided by the Federal Trade Commission, you can report identity theft and get assistance with a recovery plan.
ITRC is a national resource center providing victim assistance at no cost to consumers throughout the U.S. If you believe you are the victim of identity theft you can contact the ITRC Victim Assistance Center Toll Free (888) 400-5530. The ITRC website also includes information on medical identity theft, child ID theft, and more.
NFCC is the nation's largest financial counseling organization with more than 600 community-based offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. NFCC Member Agencies provide financial counseling and education to millions of consumers each year in person, over the phone, or online. To locate an NFCC Member Agency in your area call 800-388-2227. Para ayuda en Español Ilama al 800-682-9832.
You are entitled to receive one free copy of your credit report from the United States' official website, AnnualCreditReport.com. You may also request a report by phone by calling 1-877-322-8228. In addition, the postal mail address for requesting a report is:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
P.O. Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
Through this website you can get a copy of your credit report from the three main credit reporting agencies; Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.
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