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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Financial Education Spotlight: Thurston County

For those looking for financial education resources and classes in the Olympia area, need look no further than Bank on Thurston and Enterprise for Equity.

Low or No Cost Accounts
Bank on Thurston connects people with banks or credit unions that will help them to set up low cost or no cost accounts. The banks and credit unions offer a second chance to people who have had problems with overdrafts. Participating banks and credit unions will take extra steps to assist people with Mexican Consular or other foreign identification.  Bank on Thurston’s long term goal is to give individuals and families the tools they need to become financially stable.

For more information about Bank on Thurston visit http://bankonthurston.org/

Free, Financial Education Classes
As part of the Bank on Thurston program, Enterprise for Equity offers free, financial education courses. The month long course covers topics such as budgeting, banking, credit, debt, and more.

For the latest class schedule, visit http://www.enterpriseforequity.org/financial-education/

Monday, December 8, 2014

Plain Talk about the Foreclosure Process Video

The Seattle University School of Law, in collaboration with City of Seattle, has produced an educational video that explains the non-judicial foreclosure process and shows why it is important for homeowners to seek help as soon as possible.

Here’s the video:


For more information about the foreclosure process and assistance in Washington state, visit www.homeownership.wa.gov.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DFI's Guide to Smart Holiday Shopping

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, DFI has released a guide to smart holiday shopping.

The holidays can get quite chaotic and during this time of year it's extremely important to stay on top of your finances to avoid debt and fraud. Check out our guide for tips on how to
  • protect your purchases
  • avoid fraud
  • avoid debt
  • and more
View the guide online at http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/holiday-guide.htm



Thursday, November 20, 2014

Financial Education Materials for Libraries

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently launched an initiative to put free financial education materials into community libraries.

The initiative started over a year ago by gathering feedback from a group of librarians. The number of libraries that wanted to participate quickly swelled to over 100 library systems. These 100 systems have more than 450 branches and receive more than 76 million visits a year.

Website with Resources
As part of the initiative, the CFPB has developed a webpage where librarians can obtain program ideas, online resources, and free government publications.

You can access the resources at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/library-resources/

Learn More
If you’re a librarian and interested in learning more, contact the CFPB at financialeducation@cfpb.gov

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DFI Releases Annual Top Threats Facing Investors List

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released their annual list of scams likely to trap investors.

Regulators are seeing classic threats to investors morph into new or altered dangers, many fueled by the Internet. Overarching all of these threats are unlicensed agents selling unregistered products to unsuspecting investors.

View the Investment Threats List