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Free Financial Advice Goes Online

The summer slowdown might be a good opportunity for some readers to jump start a long-overdue review of their personal finances.

This summer and fall, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors is throwing out a lifeline.  NAPFA selects members from its national roster of fee-only advisers to give free financial advice online.  In mid-June, advisers in Vermont, North Carolina, and Georgia answered questions from participants.

NAPFA’s next session is this Thursday, July 19, with three more sessions scheduled for August, September, and October.  Click here to find out how to participate.

Another free resource is a new website with a comprehensive program to help individuals put together a financial plan.  Developed by the Financial Security Project, an initiative of Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, which sponsors this blog, the website has tools based on solid academic research.  Personal financial information entered into the website is confidential.

To read a prior blog post about the site, click here.  Since it’s still operating as a beta test site, users are welcome to send in their comments for how to improve it.

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