Banking

Now’s the time to start a savings plan

April is financial literacy month, and what a better way to celebrate than starting a savings plan.

No matter your stage of life, it’s important to have savings: Whether it’s for a special purchase, a college education, your first home, retirement, or an emergency fund. But just how do you get started and stay on course? Here are a few tips to help you reach your savings goal. Continue Reading >

Four things to do before making any financial decisions

Making financial decisions can be confusing and overwhelming, to the point that you do nothing to prepare for your financial future. Don’t fall victim to that feeling; take these steps to protect your hard-earned money and give you financial peace of mind:

Set a goal. Just as if you were shopping for a car, know what features you want to have in your credit card, investment, budgeting spreadsheet or any other financial resource. Establish how you want to use this particular resource and keep that goal in mind. Continue Reading >

NCUA’s adventure game “Hit the Road” helps young people learn money skills

National Financial Literacy Month is upon us, and there are a lot of resources available to help consumers, particularly young people, become more educated about money. Promoting financial literacy is a year-round commitment for the National Credit Union Administration. Continue Reading >

Newsletter content to explain campaign

Remember when you made that promise to yourself to get a better handle on your finances this year? Well April is the perfect time to reassess your progress on your money goals as part of Financial Literacy Month.

Not sure where to start? Then let us help you!

Start by ordering USA.gov’s free Financial Foundations Toolkit to get the advice and confidence you need to make sound money decisions. This toolkit will teach you: Continue Reading >

CFPB celebrates National Consumer Protection Week

The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work. When we do our job right, it’s easier for you to shop for a home loan, a credit card, a student loan, or to use other financial products.

This week is National Consumer Protection Week. From March 2-8, we’re joining about 75 other organizations to shine a spotlight on consumer rights and making good financial decisions. Continue Reading >

Checking and savings accounts: A wise choice

How can you keep your money safe and manage your money wisely? Easy! Just open a checking and/or savings account in a federally insured bank or credit union. NCPW partner Consumer Action offers a brochure to help people understand that banks and credit unions generally offer their account holders free or low-cost services, such as free check cashing or low-cost money wiring. This can save you money because a checking account can be a less costly alternative to using check cashers or prepaid cards. Continue Reading >

Colorado Attorney General unveils top 2013 consumer complaints

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office unveiled its list of the top ten consumer complaints of 2013. Consumers filed 8,654 complaints with the Office’s Consumer Protection Section. Continue Reading >

Florida consumer agency hosts seven consumer protection events for NCPW

In celebration of National Consumer Protection Week 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting the following events for Florida’s consumers:

Monday

  • Consumer protection presentations will be done at South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Florida.

Tuesday Continue Reading >

Free NCPW events and resources in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is proud to join government and nonprofit organizations across the country to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8, 2014.  To learn about free events and information available to Ohioans - in addition to the events listed below - please visit the Attorney General's NCPW website.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is marking its 2014 calendar for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Continue Reading >

Keeping Your Credit Report in Check

Have you ever tried to pay for things with a check and the transaction was declined even though you had money in the bank?  It might be because a consumer reporting agency gave the retailer negative information about your credit history – including your checking account history – or indicated that you could be a bad credit risk for other reasons. Continue Reading >

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