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Financial Literacy 101

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April 22 – 29 is Money Smart Week, a national education campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.

Starting April 22nd, Union City Library will be holding a series of free financial literacy workshops offered by World System Builder as part of their national  financial literacy campaign. From paying for college to planning retirement, the topics covered touch on the many stages and concerns of financial life.  The first session will be an introduction and overview of the series.  Open to all ages.  See the full workshop schedule below:


Workshop Schedule

April 22nd, Saturday, 12:30 – 1:15 – Introduction

May 17th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Debt Management

May 24th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Insurance

May 31, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Investment

June 7th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Retirement

June 14th, Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 – Estate Planning

BookStockMoneyContact the Union City Library’s reference desk for more information at 510-745-1464 (ext. 5).


Don’t forget to ask about financial literacy resources provided through your library!  Come visit us at the reference desk or call by phone.


More Resources:

MyMoney.gov is website guide developed by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, focusing on resources for earning, spending, investing, protecting and borrowing money.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a free program provided by the nation’s certified public accountants, which breaks down resources by life stages (student, business owner, retired, parent etc.).


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Researching companies online

investment-cartoon21Whether you are researching companies in search of a job or for investment purposes, the Internet has made it a whole faster and easier. Much of the information is free. The Library has a number of business databases to help you in your research. You’ll find these from the home page under the “research menu” then click on “articles and databases”. On this list you’ll see “business and investments.” You will need a library card to access them. A company’s own web site is the first place to start. You’ll find information about its history, finances, products and services. Several comprehensive websites update stock prices throughout the day, report company historical financial information, earnings and dividends. Two such sites are http://quote.fool.com/ and http://finance.yahoo.com/. Valuable information for investors are company financial reports filed with the SEC. Many of these reports are available on the Yahoo finance site and also at http://freeedgar.com/. For up to date company news, check out www.businesswire.com for press releases. At http://www.dailystocks.com/ you’ll find lots of data. At www.lionshare.com you find information about how much of a company is owned by mutual funds and institutional investors. To find out which company owns a brand, go to www.hoovers.com. Be sure to check out discussion boards on Yahoo and also at www.fool.com. Be sure to check out The Motley Fool column in your local newspaper that was the basis for this posting.

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