The series contains a number of calculators that help you to see how different financial decisions will affect you over time. It also contains a large collection of links to other financial resources on the web. When you complete this series, you should be well on your way to "controlling your finances." You will be able to look at your financial situation, understand it, plan a strategy for the future based on your needs and goals, and then implement it.
You can start at the beginning and work through the material sequentially, or you can bounce around. The articles in this series include:
|Many of these articles use customized calculators to help make a point or to allow you to determine your own financial position or plan. Click here for a directory of all of the different calculators used in this series.|
This series should be read with the knowledge that it may take several readings, over the course of several years, for it to have any effect on you. I know that at age 20 I would read occasionally about "saving for retirement" or "investing in stock mutual funds" and it had absolutely no effect on me. It was not until ten years later that "I got it."
This series should also be read with the understanding that it is a source of general information. This series is a public service. It is not intended, nor should it be used, as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified investment professional. Before making any financial decisions you should seek the advice of a trained and certified financial advisor. See The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors or The Institute of Certified Financial Planners for listings of financial planners in your area.