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Knowing Your Net Worth: It's Not Just for Millionaires



When you hear the words "net worth," you might picture people in limousines or country clubs. But many money experts say knowing your net worth—that's the value of all your money and possessions, minus all your debts—is valuable no matter what your financial situation is.

Your goal is for your net worth to be higher rather than lower, of course, but even if it's a negative

Smart Investing: Grow Your Money the Solid, Research-Based Way


If you've thought about growing your money through investments, IU Professor of Finance Richard Shockley has some bad news: successful investing isn't very exciting.

The reason? The most reliable returns on long-term investment, Richard says, are very, very simple to achieve. No gimmicks, no magic formulas, no insider tips on hot stocks—and he's got decades of research to back him up.

Es Su Dinero! Spanish-Language Money Smarts


Despite yesterday's heavy snowfall, the It's Your Money Project joined Free Community Tax Service at St. Paul Catholic Center in offering a valuable financial resource to Spanish speakers. With help from Liliana Embriz of El Centro Comunal Latino, congregation members attending the afternoon Spanish-language church service received a number of tips on practical topics like choosing the right credit card, Social Security benefits, sending money out of the country, and avoiding fraud.

It's Your Money will also be tabling at Spanish Free Community Tax Service on February 28 (St. Paul) and March 3 (Main Library). Free literature on a variety of money topics—in English, Spanish, and other languages—is always available upon request; email money [at] for details.

Don't Pay for Tax Prep—Free Community Tax Service Is Back This Year


It's income tax season again, which means we're seeing lots of ads (and people in costume) trying to persuade us to get our returns processed by a commercial accounting firm. But the money-smart alternative, United Way of Monroe County's Free Community Tax Service, is more popular than ever, and it's easy to see why. There's the price—no charge, hooray!—but several other reasons make FCTS the way to go.

Talk to an Expert Featured in the Indiana Daily Student



People who come to our Talk to an Expert program usually make an appointment, but I was pleased to see a surprise walk-in at last night's sessions. Reporter Annie Garau from the Indiana Daily Student came by to find out more about TTAE, and it was great opportunity to share what the It's Your Money project offers the campus community. Thanks to Annie for the great article that ran in today's IDS—we're looking forward to seeing new IU faces at our events!

The next TTAE sessions are February 17 and 18. You can make your appointment by emailing money [at], or calling (812) 349-3263.