Wall Street Demystified

Wednesday May 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of your investments and qualified unbiased advice take this hands-on class! Learn how to get independent and trusted stock and mutual fund analysis, research and ratings.

AADL staff will give easy instructions on to use the Morningstar Investments database. Then, you can stay to practice what you’ve learned on our training center computers!

Wall Street Demystified: Learn to Use the Morningstar Database Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm

Ever wanted to find out the price/earnings ratio of a stock? Find growth or income mutual funds for your retirement account? Read a concise synopsis of the quarterly performance of various industry sectors?

Learn to use the Morningstar Investment database, a service provided by the Ann Arbor District Library. Morningstar is a respected and reliable source of independent investment analysis for all levels of fund and stock investors, ranging from inexperienced beginners to sophisticated experts.

Join us Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm in the Downtown Training Center located on the 3rd floor. We'll go over the basics of looking up a stock or mutual fund, create screens to find specific categories of stocks or mutual funds, and take a look at Morningstar's portfolio planning tools.

No registration necessary.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance in Washtenaw County

This tax season AADL is serving as a site for the Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition (WABC) to provide free tax preparation assistance to the low to moderate income-eligible residents of Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition is organized to help individuals increase and protect their financial assets and has trained volunteers who are ready to assist with tax returns. There are several dates to choose from, however scheduled appointments are required. You may schedule an appointment by calling the WABC directly at (734) 780-1891. Volunteers are available to assist in languages other than English, such has Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. If you require assistance in one of these languages, let the WABC know when scheduling your appointment.

Click here for a list of what to bring to your appointment. Appointments will be held in the 3rd Floor Training Lab at the Downtown Library on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, April 13, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Other sites throughout Washtenaw County offering tax assistance are listed here: 2013 Washtenaw County Tax Preparation Sites.

Let's Read Math -- "A Quarter From The Tooth Fairy"

Saturday, January 26 | 10 - 11:30 am | 1 - 2:30 pm | Malletts Creek | Grades 1 - 3

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) presents a classic story followed by a related math session with hands-on activities and a variety of materials. This event is for Grades 1 - 3 accompanied by an adult. You're welcome to come to either the morning session from 10 - 11:30 am or the afternoon session from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. There is no registration for this event.

"A Quarter From The Tooth Fairy," by Caren Holtzman, is a story about a boy who buys things and then returns them. Each time he gets money back, he gets a different combination of coins totaling 25 cents. Learn about the value of different coins and adding money.

Also, check out these books on money and counting.

We're Not Broke and Other Free Streaming Films from Sundance

Whether it's discussion of the Fiscal Cliff or debates over local governmental priorities, money matters are on the minds of many citizens.

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival documentary, "We're Not Broke" argues that multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits via "non-taxation through extraordinary representation."

Variety calls this film a "well-researched, brightly presented and provocative argument that the U.S. isn't overtaxed and profligate, but rather a paradise for corporate tax cheats," and now Sundance's Artist Services Program and Hulu have teamed up to make the film available for free online.

The Sundance Artist Services site keeps an updated list of this and other "Now Playing" titles accessible for free via various streaming platforms.

Make Your Dollars Work For You

Need some help with your personal financial planning? Join MSU Extension for Dollar Works, a four part workshop series that focuses on basic money management. Topics covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely, and pumping up savings. This ongoing basic money management course is offered weekly and repeats every four weeks. The next workshop is on January 3 from 9 to 10 am at the Hope Center in Ypsilanti. The class is free and participants will receive a certificate of completion once they complete the four classes. Email Terry Jones at clarkjon@anr.msu.edu, or call 734-222-3943 to register.

If Your Mind Is On Your Money and Your Money Is On Your Mind

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers comprehensive information on thousands of mutual funds, stock performance on the three major exchanges, and data on hundreds of exchange-traded funds with current Morningstar ratings and reports. This database also offers user-friendly portfolio tools and calculators to help you analyze your investments.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Morningstar, go to the research page, and select Morningstar Investment Research Center from the Investing category.

Fifth Third Bank eBus

In partnership with SOS Community Services, the Fifth Third Bank eBus will be at 101 S. Huron St. in Ypsilanti on Tuesday, August 21 from 9am to 3pm. At the eBus you can get a free copy of your credit report as well as credit counseling, receive home foreclosure prevention information, sign your child up for free or low cost health insurance, and community representatives will be available to talk about other resources for health, dental, food, and other basic needs. For more information, call 1-800-246-5372.

Financial Awareness for Older Adults

As adults over 55 with low income and disabilities strive to stay in their homes, the threat of theft, fraud, and other forms of financial exploitation increase. To become more educated about this, they, their caregivers and service agencies who assist them, Michigan Ability Partners (MAP) is offering training to increase financial management skills. This is made possible by a grant from The Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. MAP will promote this service through the organizations in the Washtenaw Elder Justice Coalition. For more information call Misty Hendershot, MAP Payee Supervisor at 734-975-6880.

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