NAPFA has started giving free online Webinars for consumers. They are held online the first Friday of each month from 1:00-2:00 pm ET. The Consumer Webinar Series is for everyone – no matter how in tune you are with personal financial issues. Some topics are basic in order to give you an overview of a specific topic while others are slightly more advanced to dig a little deeper into a topic.
For more information and to see upcoming seminars go to: http://www.napfa.org/consumer/UpcomingSessions.asp
For a financial education on health benefits I suggest you check out www.planforyourhealth.com. This site has a wealth of information about health benefit planning for every stage of life, including empty nesters, retirement, the newly widowed, updated COBRA changes for the recently unemployed, etc. The “Health Insurance 101” section gives great descriptions of different kinds of health benefit policies and what they cover You can also get a free copy (by mail or download) of “Navigating Your Health Benefits for Dummies.” The site also has a calculator to help plan future health expenses based on age, health care needs, medical conditions, prescriptions, etc.
Whether you are buying or selling a house, or investing in commercial or foreclosed real estate, knowing the financial ins and outs of real estate can be tricky, especially in a changing, volatile landscape. I have found biggerpockets.com to be a great resource. This free site has been highly rated by a number of real estate resources. It has a great real estate and investing FAQ, info on property management and tenant screening. Under “tools” you’ll find real estate investing abbreviations, a term glossary, info on credit reports and legal services and a mortgage calculator. They also have info on real estate auctions and a Foreclosure Resource Center where you can learn about the foreclosure process, bank REO listings and state foreclosure laws. If you are interested in enrolling in a school to learn about real estate, the site also offers a directory of schools and what they offer. I am thinking about doing that myself.
The place to go for information on your social security benefits is http://www.ssa.gov. Not only can you determine what your benefits will be using the site calculator, there is also information on practically everything imaginable. The question /answer section covers benefits, disability, Medicare issues and supplemental Security Income. An Information section is broken down by groups, for example women, self-employed, school teachers, etc. Additional links provide further information on every stage of life or condition that could affect your benefits
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