San Francisco Financial Resources and Fun Things

Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens… so sings Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music.” These are a few of our favorite things. OK, we’re not singers and we certainly aren’t dancing around the Austrian Alps with Ms. Andrews. We’re accountants and we have our own list of favorite things. Here’s a resource list for some of our favorite things as San Francisco accountants – San Francisco Financial Institutions

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Here’s where the money is. Lots of it, but in digital format. It’s the home to the Federal Reserve in San Francisco. San Francisco has a storied history as the key financial center on the West Coast, more so than Los Angeles and more so than Seattle. So there’s some key history here.

San Francisco Mint. Back in the Day, you could find “SF” on coinage as many coins were minted in San Francisco. This goes back to the Gold Rush. Carson City was another place that had a mint and was a center of coinage.  The San Francisco Mint, also known affectionately as The Granite Lady, was said to have held nearly 1/3 of the nation’s wealth in its heyday. Opening in 1874, it miraculously withstood the devastating effects of the 1906 earthquake/fire and continued in operation until 1937.

The Pacific Exchange. This, also known as the San Francisco stock exchange, isn’t really a place you can visit anymore. The building still exists, but sadly with the rise of the Internet it is but a memory.

The San Francisco Financial District. This is a neighborhood, of course, but home to the Skyscrapers of San Francisco and many of our financial institutions such as Wells Fargo or Bank of America.

Financial Planning Association of San Francisco. The Mission of the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco is to advance the financial planning profession in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards by providing education, community, networking and leadership for our Bay Area members and through them the public they serve.

Office of Financial Empowerment. The Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) is a unique private-public partnership housed within the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector of San Francisco that convenes, innovates and advocates to strengthen the economic security and mobility of all San Franciscans. For more than a decade, under the leadership of Treasurer José Cisneros, the OFE has engaged partners inside and outside City Hall to equip San Franciscans with knowledge, skills and resources to strengthen their financial health and well-being

Treasure and Tax Collector (City of San Francisco). Last but not least, the Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector, serves as the banker, tax collector, collection agent, and investment officer for the City and County of San Francisco.

So there you have it. We try to skip daily through Golden Gate Park, signing in Julie Andrews fashion about our “Favorite Financial Things” in San Francisco. OK, we don’t skip and we don’t sing but as “boring” accountants, please allow us the dignity to have our own list of our favorite financial things in San Francisco.

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