Schwab Spruces Up Education Web Site

Charles Schwab has expanded content on its educational Web site for consumers.

Schwab said the site ( now offers more information, tools, and resources to benefit a variety of different consumers at different levels of financial sophistication.

The company said it has added more than 250 pages to the site, which not includes:

  • A Money Basics section, which covers fundamentals such as goal setting; budgeting; calculating personal net worth; managing credit and debt; saving and getting started on investing; as well as understanding health insurance and disability, long-term care, and life insurance; retirement and estate planning; income taxes; and the different types of financial accounts.
  • A Life Events section, which provides information about important financial choices and decisions involved in changing jobs, getting married, buying a home, starting a family, getting divorced, and losing a spouse.
  • A News & Views section adds timely perspective with articles and insights on a broad range of topics, including trends in retirement and philanthropy, insights into the health insurance crisis, and survey results about people’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding money.
  • A Talking to Kids section incorporates the resources previously available for parents, but also features a quiz for parents to help them assess how good a job they’re doing as money mentors along with suggestions on areas where they could improve.
  • A Teachers & Volunteers portal also contains news relating to financial education, classroom resources such as workshops and educator tips, and links to other sites that help bring the lessons of personal finance to life for young people.
  • A Calculator and Tools section includes a mortgage affordability and a rent versus buy calculator.

“We continue to believe that it’s critically important to give young people the knowledge and skills that will enable them to make good financial decisions throughout life,” said Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation. ”However, the need for financial literacy cuts across all generations. Many adults themselves have questions about personal finance, and now offers insight and guidance on a broad range of money topics and issues that are very relevant to their lives.”