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Financial Literacy Guide


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Government Publications

Comment Icon0 Maag Library has been a selective government depository since 1973. Currently we select about 48% of the publications available through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Most government publications are now published on the web and are easily accessible through MaagNet or any internet browser. A select collection of older print documents is still maintained. The Documents Collection (print and microfiche) is located on the Third Floor and is available during all library hours. The collection is open to the public. Following is a list of government documents available online (in PDF format) that pertain to financial literacy. Please be patient, some of these documents are quite lengthy and may take a few minutes to download.

Government Resources on the Web

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  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Building Wealth
    Personal finance education resource for schools, nonprofit community organizations, financial services providers and consumers to help young people, adult consumers, families and others develop a plan for building personal wealth. 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.
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  • Federal Reserve Education
    Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education. All of the Fed web sites, curriculum, newsletters, booklets and other resources are free.
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  • Financial Literacy and Education Commission
    U.S. Department of the Treasury: Office of Domestic Finance. Established under Title V, the Financial Literacy and Education Improvement Act which was part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003, to improve financial literacy and education of persons in the United States. The FACT Act named the Secretary of the Treasury as head of the Commission and mandated the Commission include 19 other federal agencies and bureaus. The Commission coordinates the financial education efforts throughout the federal government, supports the promotion of financial literacy by the private sector while also encouraging the synchronization of efforts between the public and private sectors.
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  • Money Smart
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) initiated a national financial education campaign in 2001 by launching Money Smart, a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help individuals outside the financial mainstream develop financial skills and positive banking relationships. The FDIC is continuing to work diligently to form alliances with other major entities, including financial institutions, national non-profit organizations, community- and consumer-based groups, and federal, state and local agencies to promote financial education.
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury: Office of Domestic Finance: Financial Literacy and Education Commission. is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on can help you do it better. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 federal agencies government wide.
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  • Financial Education and Financial Access: Resource Center
    U.S. Department of the Treasury: Office of Domestic Finance. The Office works to promote access to the financial education tools that can help all Americans make wiser choices in all areas of personal financial management, with a special emphasis on saving, credit management, home ownership and retirement planning. The Office also coordinates the efforts of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, a group chaired by the Secretary of Treasury and composed of representatives from 20 federal departments, agencies and commissions, which works to improve financial literacy and education for people throughout the United States.
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  • President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability: Resource Center
    U.S. Department of the Treasury: Office of Domestic Finance. On January 29, 2010, the President signed Executive Order 13530, creating the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability  to assist the American people in understanding financial matters and making informed financial decisions, and thereby contribute to financial stability. It is composed of non-governmental representatives with relevant backgrounds, such as financial services, consumer protection, financial access, and education. The Council will suggest ways to coordinate and maximize the effectiveness of existing private and public sector efforts and identify new approaches to increase financial capability through financial education and financial access.

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