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Brazoria County Personal Finance Subject Guide

Home Buying and Leasing

Websites

Brazoria County First Time Homebuyer Grant Program
Grant assistance, down payment and closing costs, for first time homebuyers. (Ph: 979-864-1860)

Department of Housing and Urban Development - HUD
Housing resources and news including home ownership, leasing, and foreclosure

Federal Housing Association - FHA
Learn about the home buying process, FHA-insured loans, home-buying assistance and special programs

Federal Reserve Consumer Help – Home Mortgages
Learn about ARMs, PMIs, Reverse Mortgages, Home Equity Lines of Credit

Federal Trade Commission – FTC Mortgage
Learn how to access the best mortgages and use the Mortgage Shopping Worksheet

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Home Loan Guaranty Services for veterans and frequently asked questions

Books

Evans, National Association of Realtors’ Guide to Home Selling, 643 NATI

Buying a Home, 643.12 BUYI

National Association of Realtors’ Guide to Home Buying, 643 NATI

Portman, Renter’s Rights : The Basics, 346.7304 PORT

Related Subject Browses

House Buying—United States; Residential Real Estate—Purchasing—United States; Mortgage Loans—United States; Foreclosure--Prevention

Managing Your Credit

Websites

Free Credit Reports
Authorized free online reporting agencies endorsed by the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency

OPT-OUT
Exercise your option to limit prescreened credit card marketing promotional offers

Prevent Identity Theft
The Federal Trade Commission offers information about deterring, detecting and defending against identity theft

Books

Trudeau, Debt cures “they” don’t want you to know about, 332.024 TRUD

Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover : a proven plan for financial fitness, 332.024 RAM

Weston, The 10 commandments of money: survive and thrive in the new economy, 332.024 WESTON

Related Subject Browses

Consumer Credit, Debt, Finance, Personal

Banking

Websites

Bankrate.com
Get current information on interest rates for mortgages, new and used car loans, money markets, CDs and more

EDIE
Electronic Deposit Insurance Estimator-- Calculate FDIC insurance coverage of your accounts, sponsored by the FDIC

FDIC
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation--Supervision and consumer protection. Maintains the stability of the national banking system

Go Direct
Sign up for direct deposit of federal benefits like Social Security or supplemental security income payments—sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Banks

NCUA
National Credit Union Administration federal agency that insures savings in most credit unions

Online Banking
Understanding the basics of online banking including paying bills and managing accounts

Texas Department of Banking
The bank assists and educates the public. Find links that further these interests and help consumers

Investing

Databases

Reference USA
Use this business tool to get statistics, CEO biographies, news, financial statements of publicly traded companies (i.e., SYSCO CO.)

TexShare Databases Business Resources
Find current issues of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Business Week, Consumer Reports, Money and others online. Scroll to the last third of the Databases page

Websites

Invest Wisely
An introduction to mutual funds sponsored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Big Charts
Easy-to-use investment research site, providing interactive charts, historical stock prices, quotes, industry analysis as well as market news and commentary

SmallCapReview.com
Find publicly traded companies on an alphabetical list by state

Google Finance
Monitor your portfolio, stock screener, corporate news

Books

Dorsey, The Little Book That Builds Wealth: the knock out formula for finding great investments, 332.6 DORS

Gross, POP! Why Bubbles Are Great for the Economy, 332.6 GROS

Janjigian, Even Buffet Isn’t Perfect: what you can – and can’t – learn from the world’s greatest investor, 332.6 JANJ

Related Subject Browses

Investments, Stocks,Investment Analysis, Stock Exchanges, Business cycles, Warren Buffet

Magazines, Newsletters, and Newspapers

Investors Business Daily available at: Angleton and Pearland

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance available at: Angleton, Lake Jackson and Pearland

Morningstar Fund Investor available at: Angleton, Lake Jackson and Pearland

Morningstar Mutual Funds available at: Lake Jackson and Pearland

Trendline Current Market Perspectives available at: Lake Jackson

Valueline available at: Lake Jackson and Pearland

Wallstreet Journal available at: Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Lake Jackson, Manvel and Pearland

Retirement

Websites

AARP.org
Financial Planning and Retirement

Bloomberg.com
Calculate retirement income, the impact of an auto loan and mortgage on your, finances, compare loans, answer various other questions

Retirement Plans, Benefits and Savings
Types of employee retirement plans explained by the U.S. Department of Labor

Yahoo retirement
Information about IRAs, 401Ks, 403bs, ROTHs, investments tools, How to Guides

Books

Savageau, Retirement Places Rated, 646.79 SAVA

Stim, Retire Happy: What you can do now to guarantee a great retirement, 646.7 STIM

Related Subject Browses

Retirement Place of -- United States; Social Indicators - - United States; Quality of Life - - United States; Retirement - - Planning

Related Personal Finance Resources

Websites

Bankrate.com
News, advice, and trends on personal finance

Motley Fool
Answers for living with financial common sense

SmartMoney.com
Information on College Planning, Health Care, Marriage and Divorce, Retirement, Taxes among others

U.S. PIRG
Information on current issues of national interests that affect the economy and ultimately affect your financial wellbeing

Books

Orman, Women and Money: owning the power to control your destiny, 332.024 ORMA

Personal Finance for Dummies, 332.024 TYSO

Let’s get real about money: profit from the habits of the best personal finance managers, 332.024 TYSO

Related Subject Browses

Women - - Finance, Personal; Women - - Personal finance

Magazines

Smart Money available at: Angleton and Lake Jackson

Forbes available at: Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Lake Jackson and Pearland

Money available at: Alvin, Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Freeport, Lake Jackson, Manvel and Pearland

Last Updated: 3/28/2013 2:40:40 PM