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Consumer Protection Week 2016

It’s Consumer Protection Week. The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is partnering with federal and state agencies to support National Consumer Protection Week, March 6-12. The annual campaign encourages consumers to know and understand their rights and responsibilities in...

Financial Capability Summit May 12

On May 12, The Prosperity Agenda is hosting a statewide summit to explore the impact of financial capability work in Washington State. This unprecedented gathering will bring Washington State nonprofit professionals, government representatives, advocates, and business leaders together to explore...

Washington Saves Week 2016

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed February 22-27, 2016 as Washington Saves Week. Washington Saves Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. Review Your Savings Plan Washington Saves Week is a...

New Mortgage Forms - What You Need To Know

New mortgage disclosure rules went into effect that require lenders to provide home buyers two new forms that clearly detail their loan terms. For more than 30 years, Federal law has required lenders to provide two different disclosure forms to consumers applying for a mortgage and two different...

Where to Find Financial Education Resources for the Classroom

Hey teachers - are you looking for free financial education resources that you can use in the classroom? Here are five great resources that you should check out. DFI’s Financial Education Clearinghouse On DFI’s financial education clearinghouse you will find links to resources and curriculum by...

Recap: Budgeting Night at Olympia’s Hands on Children’s Museum

This past Friday, DFI participated in Olympia’s Hands on Children’s Museum free Friday night with a budgeting for your bank activity. Nearly 200 kids developed a budget that allowed them to “buy” one of three piggy banks and decorate it as they see fit. Kids were given $10 play money and worked...

Video: Understanding Capital in Small Businesses

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has produced a short video that illustrates how capital works in small business. The video was produced with support from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions and the Community Bankers of...

Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program

This week’s featured resource is North American Securities Administrators Association’s (NASAA) Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE) Prevention Program. EIFE provides resources and continuing education for medical professionals who provide front-line elder care about how to...

Paying for College

Deciding how to pay for a college is one of the major financial decisions that many people make in their lifetime. There are many options out there, and making wise financial decisions is important. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has put together some tools and resources to help...

Spanish Version of Money Smart for Older Adults Now Available

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a Spanish-language version of the Money Smart for Older Adults curriculum. The Spanish-language version is the companion to the English-language program jointly developed last year by...