Web Resources

Not sure where to start?  Visit FREDMT.org - Montana’s Financial Resource Education Database, for answers on financial topics from Budgeting to Savings and Financial Literacy.  Resources are organized by topic and easy to find.

The following websites provide financial education information and resources.


AARP Montana
From employment and taxes to Retirement, AARP provides a wealth of resources for your Today, over 154,000 strong, AARP Montana is the largest membership organization in the state.


America Saves
America Saves is a nationwide campaign that utilizes information, advice and encouragement to assist those who wish to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, save for a home, save for an education, or save for retirement.


Anti-Phishing Working Group
The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is the global, pan-industrial, and law enforcement association focused on eliminating the fraud and identity theft that result from phishing, pharming and email spoofing of all types.


AssetPlatform.org
The Aspen Institute offers this free Web site providing training materials, tools, and resources in budgeting, savings, debt, credit score, insurance, and organizational resources.

 

Better Business Bureau
Check out businesses, charities or file a complaint. Start your search with trust.

 

BizWorld
BizWorld provides schools with hands-on programs, for use in grades 3 through 8, designed to add relevancy to academics, while improving the understanding of entrepreneurship and money management.


Building Wealth
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas offers this personal finance resource, which can be used individually or in the classroom to help young people develop plans for building personal wealth.


Consumer Action
A consumer education and advocacy agency since 1971.


Consumer.Data.Gov
The Obama administration launched the Smart Disclosure Data Community to make potentially useful data available to consumers and innovators. This centralized platform contains hundreds of smart disclosure datasets and resources from dozens of agencies across government.


College Resources
From the MESA program to filling out a FAFSA, here’s a one-stop resource for college-bound Montanans.


Eager for Extra Economics Info
The Minneapolis Federal Reserve is now offering a teaching resource for high school economics courses based on articles from the Bank’s publications. Selected articles are supplemented with annotation, suggested use, and a series of questions probing increased levels of understanding.


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eXtension Personal Finance
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) hosts this Web site, which provides free resources to help people meet day-to-day expenses while saving and investing for the future. The site offers research-based fact sheets, interactive lessons, recorded webinars, and land grant university faculty members who answer questions about personal finance via the “Ask the Expert” application.


Federal Reserve Education
The Federal Reserve System is committed to economic and personal financial education. Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.

 

Fed in the Classroom
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers this free videoconference program to enhance students’ learning experiences, expand their understanding of the U.S. central bank, and support teachers’ curriculum objectives.


Fraud.org
The National Consumers League has relaunched its anti-fraud advocacy and education Web site. The redesigned site includes new functionalities including a fraud “symptom finder” for searching scams, social media widgets for easy sharing of all content and regular updates about emerging scams.


Hands on Banking
Ready to learn about money and have fun? Resources for 4th graders through adult, English and Spanish!


IRS.gov Accessibility
This IRS Web site offers a full line of tax products and services, including federal tax forms and publications, for people who use special assistive technology, such as screen-reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and voice recognition software.


Jump$tart
Jump$tart encourages curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience. This site is designed to meet your needs whether you are a parent, a teacher, a financial professional or anyone else interested in helping kids get smart about money.


Kids2College
This unique program leverages career aspirations to expose 6th grade student to the value and accessibility of a higher education. It is made available by the SallieMae fund.


Money Smart
Money Smart is a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) training program to help adults outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships. A version of the program for 12 to 20 year-olds is also available.


MoneyTrack
Pam Krueger and Jack Gallagher host this award-winning PBS financial chat series. The site features inspiring video clips how-to guides to get started investing and scam alerts. They make getting started in investing easy.


Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance
The Office of the Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor, is a criminal justice agency whose primary mission is to protect Montana’s consumers through insurance and securities regulation.


Montana Council on Economic Education
The MCEE is committed to offering programs that are fair and balanced and address a wide variety of economic  issues. This includes economic development, employment, the environment, taxation, education, government, personal economics and a wide variety of other related topics. Founded four decades ago, MCEE offers an emphasis on teacher education so that each young person in Montana understands the essential economics of a free market system and the global economy and can use economic ways of thinking and problem solving.


MyMoney
MyMoney.gov aggregates financial information from 21 federal agencies, departments and bureaus. Users will be able to find information on planning for the financial impact of major life events and money management tools. The site includes resources for teachers, service members, women, parents, youth, employers, and more. The site is available in Spanish.


MyMoneyCheckUp
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling offers this Web site, which analyzes users’ behavior and provides customized feedback, allowing individuals and families to monitor and assess their financial lives and adjust their behavior to maximize their economic empowerment. The site is also available in Spanish.


National Endowment for Financial Education
NEFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping individual Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their financial lives.


National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NIFA supports increased economic opportunities and quality of life in rural areas. NIFA’s Family Economics News newsletter contains research, resources for educators and consumers, and information on educational events and programs.


OnGuard Online
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

 

Practical Money Skills
A web site designed to help educators, parents and students practice better money management for life.


Retirement Made Simpler
A joint effort of AARP, FINRA, and the Retirement Security Project, Retirement Made Simpler is a website which provides information on automatic 401(k) plans. Automatic 401(k) plans automatically enroll employees, requiring them to opt-out rather than opt-in to the plan. Opt-in policies lead to low enrollment rates. Automatic 401(k) plans have been shown to dramatically increase plan participation, better preparing employees for retirement.
The website includes an overview of the plan’s benefits, directions for employers to establish plans, case studies, and more.


Rural Dynamics
A certified credit counseling agency that will help you identify your financial goals and chart a path to reach them.


Show Business: The Economic$ of Entertainment
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston offers this learning activity on economics and the entertainment industry. It is a tool for teaching and learning about basic economic concepts and a little economic history.


Stop Internet Pirates
A website provided by the Comptroller of the Currency, Administrator of National Banks providing information for consumers to stop internet pirates from stealing personal financial information.


Student Tax Incentives
Not many people consider filing their income taxes as a way of paying for college but there are several ways completing this task can do just that.  As college expenses continue to rise, it is a good idea for families to become familiar with all the ways to reduce the costs to help make college as affordable as possible.  No matter your age, affordable learning opportunities are available for you and your college student. VITA for College.


Tax Assistance
Montana Free File.org offers a website dedicated to helping Montanans learn where to receive free tax assistance and how to get your refund in as little as eight days at no charge.


Traveling Trunks
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s traveling trunks contain hands-on activities and lessons to teach schoolchildren concepts related to the Fed, personal finance, and the economy.


US Government Publications
A clearinghouse of publications from various US Agencies featuring tips to save money on insurance, utilities, banking/credit, transportation, housing and other areas.


Your Money’s Best Friend
The Pennsylvania Department of Banking offers this site, where residents can find resources to help deepen their understanding of financial issues, deal with major milestones in life, and connect with state and local services to help them make the most of their hard-earned money.


360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy from the American Institute of CPAs provides information relevant for each stage of life.

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