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Wealth-Building Resource Guide

The following resources can be used to learn more about building personal wealth. The list includes sources of information on financial literacy for adults and youth, budget and debt management, and consumer protection. Information on direct deposit and Electronic Transfer Account is available, too. This guide is not intended to be all-inclusive; there are many additional national, state and local resources that can provide additional information on building wealth for a more secure financial future.

Personal Financial Education

AARP
888-687-2277
www.aarp.org

America Saves
202-387-6121
www.americasaves.org

American Bankers Association
800-226-5377
www.aba.com/consumers

American Council of Life Insurance
202-624-2000
www.acli.com

American Financial Services Association Education Foundation
888-400-7577
www.moneyskill.org

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
888-777-7077
www.360financialliteracy.org

American Savings Education Council
202-659-0670
www.choosetosave.org

The Beehive/One Economy
202-393-0051
www.thebeehive.org

CFED
202-408-9788
www.cfed.org

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
855-411-2372
www.consumerfinance.gov/your-money-your-goals

Fannie Mae
800-732-0643
www.fanniemae.com

Federal Citizen Information Center
800-333-4636
www.consumer.gov
www.pueblo.gsa.gov

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
877-275-3342
www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart

Federal Reserve Board
212-720-6134
www.federalreserveeducation.org

Freddie Mac
703-903-2000
www.freddiemac.com
www.freddiemac.com/creditsmart
www.freddiemac.com/homeownership

Internal Revenue Service
800-829-1040
www.irs.gov

Louisiana Cooperative Extension
225-578-4161
www.lsuagcenter.com

State of Louisiana – Office of Financial Institutions
225-925-4660
www.ofi.state.la.us

National Credit Union Administration
703-518-6300
www.mycreditunion.gov

National Endowment for Financial Education
303-741-6333
www.nefe.org
www.smartaboutmoney.org

New Mexico Regulating and Licensing Department Financial Institutions Division
505-476-4885
www.rld.state.nm.us/financialinstitutions

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service
505-646-3015
http://extension.nmsu.edu

Texas AgriLife Extension Service
979-845-7800
http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu

Texas Department of Banking
512-475-1300
www.dob.texas.gov

Texas Society of CPAs
800-428-0272
www.valueyourmoney.org

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
www.dol.gov/wb/

U.S. Department of the Treasury
800-722-2678
www.treasury.gov

U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission
800-333-4636
www.mymoney.gov

U.S. Social Security Administration
800-772-1213
www.ssa.gov

Women’s Institute for Financial Education
www.wife.org

Women’s Institute for Secure Retirement
202-393-5452
www.wiserwomen.org


Financial Education – Youth

American Financial Services Association
www.afsaonline.org

Banking on Our Future
www.bankingonourfuture.org

Council for Economic Education
www.councilforeconed.org

Federal Reserve Board
212-720-6134
www.federalreserveeducation.org

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
www.jumpstart.org

Junior Achievement
719-540-8000
www.ja.org

National Endowment for Financial Education
303-741-6333
www.nefe.org

North American Securities Administrators Association
202-737-0900
www.nasaa.org

Sallie Mae
888-272-5543
www.salliemae.com

Texas Council on Economic Education
www.economicstexas.org

U.S. Department of the Treasury
TreasuryDirect

800-722-2678
www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/tools/tools.htm


Budget and Debt Management

Consumer Credit Counseling Services, a division of Money Management International
Locations in Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and other states
866-531-3433
www.cccsintl.org
www.moneymanagement.org

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater Dallas, Inc.
Locations in New Mexico, Texas and other states
800-249-2227
www.cccs.net

Credit Coalition Houston Area
713-224-8100
www.creditcoalition.org

Green Path Debt Solutions
800-550-1961
www.greenpath.com

Homeowner’s HOPE™ Hotline
888-995-4673
www.995hope.org

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Various locations across U.S., including Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico
800-388-2227
www.debtadvice.org
www.nfcc.org

Operation HOPE Inc.
877-592-4673
www.operationhope.org

Consumer Protection

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
855-411-2372
www.consumerfinance.gov

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
877-275-3342
www.fdic.gov/consumers

Federal Reserve Consumer Help
888-851-1920
www.federalreserveconsumerhelp.gov

Federal Trade Commission
202-326-2222
www.ftc.gov

Investor Protection Trust
www.investorprotection.org

Louisiana Department of Insurance
800-259-5300
www.ldi.louisiana.gov

Louisiana – Office of the Attorney General
800-351-4889
www.ag.state.la.us

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
www.naic.org

National Consumer Protection Week
www.ncpw.gov

New Mexico Insurance Division
855-427-5674
www.osi.state.nm.us

New Mexico – Office of the Attorney General
505-827-6000
www.nmag.gov

Texas Department of Insurance
800-578-4677
www.tdi.state.gov/

Texas – Office of the Attorney General
800-252-8011
www.oag.state.tx.us

Texas State Securities Board
888-663-0009
www.texasinvestored.org

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
800-732-0330
www.sec.gov

Books Quoted in Building Wealth

  • Getting Rich in America: 8 Simple Rules for Building a Fortune and a Satisfying Life
    Dwight R. Lee and Richard B. McKenzie
    1999, Harper Business
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
    Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
    1996, Longstreet

 
Direct Deposit and You

If you receive any federal benefits checks, such as Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs or other government checks, you are required to enroll in direct deposit. Not only is it safer (no direct deposit has ever been stolen), it is far more convenient, and it gives you more control over your money than a mailed check. Call the toll-free Go Direct helpline at 800-333-1795, or go to www.GoDirect.org for more information.

 
Electronic Transfer Account

For a low-cost option for direct deposit, consider an ETA account. The Electronic Transfer Account, or ETA℠, allows you to have your federal benefit, wage, salary and retirement payments deposited directly into your bank account—automatically, electronically and safely. Open a low-cost ETA at a federally insured bank, credit union, or savings and loan. Financial institutions offering the ETA have decals in their windows or lobbies identifying them as certified ETA providers. To find an ETA provider in your area, visit the ETA website, www.eta-find.gov, or call toll-free, 888-382-3311.

 

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