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CYBER SECURITY Whenever you’re online, you're sharing information, whether you mean to or not. It's up to you to protect your data, your privacy, and your identity. It’s almost impossible to imagine life without electronic devices. How would you keep in touch with your friends, listen to music, watch movies, buy tickets,
Mortgage Affordabilty Calculator HOW IT WORKS It's important to know if the monthly payments on a mortgage will fit within your budget. Simply said, this calculator helps you do that. Start by entering how much you think your monthly mortgage payment will be. Next, enter your monthly income after taxes. Finally, enter your expenses; add and delete categories
Coach: Am I Ready to Retire? HOW IT WORKS Every individual has a different goal for retirement. This Coach guides you through setting a personal retirement goal and predicts your total retirement savings. It then helps you evaluate whether you're on track to meet your goal. To begin the Coach, select "Get Started."
Coach: Filling Out the FAFSA HOW IT WORKS Every year, billions of dollars are left in unclaimed federal aid funds. This means that thousands of eligible students aren't filling out and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. It may seem intimidating, but the FAFSA is the best way to reduce the ever-rising costs
Coach: Your First SBA Loan HOW IT WORKS Growing a business means you have to raise capital and SBA loans are one way to do that. Get ready to apply for your first SBA loan with this Coach session. Select Get Started to begin and follow along with the Coach. This session will help you evaluate how
Coach: Build an Emergency Fund HOW IT WORKS An emergency fund is an amount of money you set aside to cover unexpected expenses or to cover basic expenses if there are significant changes to your income. How much you need in your emergency fund is unique to you and your personal circumstances. To find out using this Coach
Coach: Basic Bookkeeping HOW IT WORKS Owning a business means staying on top of financial reports and bookkeeping. Easier said than done. Well, it used to be. This Coach session will guide you through basic bookkeeping principles and provide a spreadsheet for you to create both a Profit & Loss Sheet and a Balance Sheet for your business.
Coach: Create A Budget HOW IT WORKS You need a budget to tell your money where to go, but making one can seem daunting. This Coach walks you step-by-step through the process of creating a budget that fits your lifestyle. Using the 50/30/20 rule, every dollar is assigned to needs, wants, or savings. You’ll also receive personalized
Coach: Get Out of Debt HOW IT WORKS Managing debt is the best way to find financial freedom. This Coach session will provide useful strategies to manage your personal debt situation and create a plan to payoff your debts using the debt snowball or avalanche methods. To begin the Coach session, select Get Started. Next, follow along,
Coach: Retirement Funds HOW IT WORKS When you invest in a retirement account, your money will grow until you're ready to retire. But how do you know whether to use a Traditional or Roth retirement account? The Coach session will walk you through both types of accounts and show how your personal retirement savings will be affected
Selling your home and buying a new one when you retire can be a taxing experience. Many people remain in the community where they've been living when they retire, though not necessarily at the same address. Others think of retirement as the time to move to the mountains, the desert, the beach, or