Money Matters for Virginians
Your money matters, and the following online courses on financial basics can help you understand and manage your money. Courses are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary - just select from the topics below to view and listen to the presentation through your computer.
View online courses below.
Hybrid Members: See Hybrid Retirement Plan Education.
Nearing Retirement Workshop – Planning to retire within the next five years? During this half-day workshop, industry professionals will share information to help you better prepare for the transition to retirement. Featured topics include social and psychological changes that accompany retirement, how to determine retirement costs and timing your Social Security benefit.
Banking – This module will explore how to choose a financial institution and the different types of bank accounts that are available. You'll also learn about electronic banking and compare different types of savings accounts.
Credit – In this module, you'll understand how to get credit and when to use it. We'll explore how interest rates work and why your credit score is so important.
Taxes – In this module, you'll learn how taxes are structured so you can maximize your income. You'll also learn about how income brackets and filing statuses impact your taxes. We'll explore two terms that cause many people problems - withholdings and taxable income. Finally, we'll walk through what forms to use when filing your taxes.
Investments – This module will explore the different types of investments so you can understand your choices. You'll learn what asset allocation means and why diversification is so important. Finally, we'll look closely at the benefit of managing your investments through the use of funds.
Financial Planning – This module will give you the tools to start your financial plan. We'll explore some popular financial goals, such as saving for college and retirement. And since no one knows what the future will hold, we'll talk about potential problems to plan for along the way.
Home Finance – In this module, we'll walk through what you can do to prepare for buying a home. We'll talk about what to expect from the buying process, as well as what happens after you've made an offer. We'll also explore how you may be able to lower your payments or tap into your home's equity once you own a home.