Financial education is at the core of the Museum’s mission and its public programs and services. An active national-level advocate on behalf of the growing financial literacy movement, the Museum is committed to helping all Americans look to the lessons of financial history, while taking charge of their own financial lives.
This list contains sites that help Americans learn about saving, investing, credit and planning for the future.
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Researching events in American business history? Visit the Library of Congress's website of historical collections.
American Numismatic Society
The ANS houses North America's most comprehensive collection of coins, paper money, medals, and other numismatic items. The Society's collections database and library catalog are both searchable online.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
The bureau of government responsible for printing and keeping secure the paper currency of the United States.
CFA Institute is the global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA and CIPM curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry.
Curb Exchange: An Audio and Print Walking Tour of Wall Street
Curb Exchange is a free self-guided audio and print walking tour of Wall Street, which explores forgotten stories from its past to provide clues to the recent global financial meltdown. The tour is made up of eight short 10-minute walks, each set in a different era of American history. On each short walk, the narrator leads you to different sites in the Financial District that were significant during that time period to hear commentary and dramatic reenactments of the stories on the very streets where they all happened.
Interested in the actions of the central bank of the United States? You can find all the information relating to the Fed you'll want on this comprehensive site.
Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)
The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) is one of the oldest guide’s associations in America. Its members, all licensed tour guides, take great pride in showing visitors around the Big Apple.
How the Economic Machine Works (Video)
Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates explains how the economy works in this 30-minute animated video.
International Bond and Share Society
The world's largest society for stock and bond collectors. Includes illustrations of the society's magazine and a gallery of stocks, as well as membership information and directories.
International Monetary Fund
This international organization composed of 183 member nations acts as a cooperative force when dealing with international monetary problems, and promotes balanced growth and free trade around the world.
Joe I. Herbstman Memorial Collection of American Finance
The Joe I. Herbstman Memorial Collection of American Finance™ is a collection specializing in the history and preservation of United States federal bonds from the 1780s through the 1980s. The mission of The Herbstman Collection is that of education: teaching the history of our nation's debt and the importance of that debt in today's world.
National Association of Investors Corporation
Become a better informed and wiser investor by joining an investment club.
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE's mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities.
SIFMA: Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Focuses on investor education and includes a resource guide for investors, as well as a vast library of investment related links.
Stock Market Game
An electronic version of Wall Street trading designed to help students and adults understand the stock market, the costs and benefits involved in decision-making, the sources and uses of capital and other related economic concepts.
The Thomas Willing Institute
The Thomas Willing Institute for the Study of Financial Markets, Institutions and Regulations (TWI) was founded in 2010 with generous funding from the Nef Family Foundation, the Museum of American Finance and Augustana College. Directed by Dr. Robert E. Wright, the Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana, TWI aims to increase public understanding of the financial system and its interactions with bureaucrats, businesses, consumers and politicians.
Trading Pit History
This site is an extensive historical gallery of the hand signal language used in the trading pits of the world's commodity exchanges. The project primarily focuses upon those signals used in the Chicago and New York exchanges, but also extends to those used on foreign trading floors.
United States Treasury Department
The department of government responsible for managing the government's finances, safeguarding our financial system, and promoting the stability of U.S. and foreign economies.
The world's largest source of development assisstance to countries in need. The World Bank gives out $16 billion in loans annually in its fight to help developing nations onto the road of economic stability.