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Image description: U.S. adults don’t feel confident in their knowledge of personal finance. Forty one percent gave themselves a C, D or F letter grade when grading their knowledge.
Learn more about American trends with personal finance from the 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

Image description: U.S. adults don’t feel confident in their knowledge of personal finance. Forty one percent gave themselves a C, D or F letter grade when grading their knowledge.

Learn more about American trends with personal finance from the 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

Seven Tips for First-Time Investors

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Making financial decisions can be confusing and overwhelming, to the point that you do nothing to prepare for your financial future. But this Financial Literacy Month, we’re helping you understand finance basics so you can make money decisions with confidence.

Step one was understanding your credit.

Step two was planning and preparing for retirement.

Step three was managing money wisely during life’s big moments.

Step four is learning investment basics before you dive in so you can avoid scams and protect your money.

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Thanks for following along all month as we shared money tips for you. If you missed any of our tips, you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+  or our blog using the hashtag #mymoney to see all the advice.

Image description: When it comes to credit reports and scores, 65 percent of U.S. adults have not reviewed their credit reports in the last 12 months, and 1 in 5 are not at all sure about what types of information are included in a standard credit report.
Learn more about American trends with personal finance from the 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

Image description: When it comes to credit reports and scores, 65 percent of U.S. adults have not reviewed their credit reports in the last 12 months, and 1 in 5 are not at all sure about what types of information are included in a standard credit report.

Learn more about American trends with personal finance from the 2014 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

Free Tool Helps You Learn Investment Basics

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By Barbara O’Neill, USDA eXtension program

Want to be a more knowledgeable investor? The Cooperative Extension System has a free online home study course for beginning investors called Investing for Your Future (IFYF).

IFYF consists of 11 free-standing modules that cover topics like investing basics, mutual funds, selecting financial professionals and more.

Each month, a new investment topic is added to the IFYF course to keep up with current financial trends. You can find a list of the topics covered dating back to 2004 in the course’s archive.

The IFYF course has won several national awards and is updated regularly for changes in tax laws, financial products, and other current information. It is one of many free online resources contained within the eXtension Personal Finance Web site for consumers.