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Recognized by many financial publications as a best website, Bankrate.com provides information on more than 100 financial products offered to the consumer, and notes that they regularly survey approximately 4,800 financial institutions in all fifty states. Stop by this website for information on mortgage rates, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, and much more. PLUS, check out the "Safe & Sound Ratings" where they rate banks, thifts, and credit unions.

Building Wealth
Building Wealth is a personal finance education resource that can be used individually or in the classroom to help young people develop a plan for building personal wealth. It presents an overview of personal wealth-building strategies that includes setting financial goals, budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt, and understanding credit reports and credit scores.

FDIC: Failed Bank List
The FDIC is often appointed as receiver for failed banks. This page contains useful information for the customers and vendors of these banks. This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership. Failed Financial Institution Contact Search displays point of contact information related to failed banks.

Federal Reserve Consumer Information
Informative guides and tools dealing with credit, mortgage, banks, and more provided by the Federal Reserve.

FINRA BrokerCheck 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. Use its BrokerCheck to check the professional background of current and former FINRA-registered securities firms and brokers.

Google Finance is an early beta product that offers information about North American stocks, mutual funds and public and private companies.

Investment Advisor Public Disclosure (IAPD)
You can search for an investment adviser firm on this website and view the registration form ("Form ADV") that the adviser filed.

The Security & Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy which is "dedicated to serving the needs of individual investors."  Additional links to resources, such as Investor Alerts, File a Complaint, Check Out Brokers & Investment Advisors, etc. can be found here.

Mint - The Best Free Way to Manage Your Money 
Free online money management and budgeting software. Track where you’re spending your money, understand how your investments are performing, and set up realistic budgets. Set up email and SMS alerts and you’ll be automatically updated whenever there’s an important change in your finances.

MyMoney.Gov--Saving and Investing
Go here to find links to many useful publications on saving and investing provided by government agencies.

Saving and Investing
Use this guide's helpful tips and worksheets for calculating net worth, income, and expenses.

Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)
If your brokerage firm closes due to bankruptcy or other financial difficulties, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) works to return your assets.  Click here to check if your brokerage firm is a member of the SIPC.

USA.Gov--Personal Finance
Find government information in managing your finances, including credit, debt, home ownership, money management, retirement and estate planning and more.

Yahoo! Finance 
Yahoo! Finance provides data and news from the world of finance. Note the tabs, Investing, News & Opinion, Personal Finance, My Portfolio, and Tech Ticker for further links to financial information.

Your Investments: Consumer Facts
Increasingly, banks are offering consumers a broad array of investment products that are not deposits, such as mutual funds, annuities, life insurance policies, stocks and bonds. Unlike the traditional checking or savings account, however, these nondeposit investment products are not insured by the FDIC.