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Free smart investing courses available

By Staff | Dec 21, 2014

AMES – Iowans who want to learn to make better investing decisions can register for “Smart Investing@Your Library.”

Iowa State University Extension is offering three free online courses completely online, as well as face to face at some Iowa libraries.

“All investors need to know common core concepts about investing, but people at different stages in life have different investment goals,” said Jan Monahan, a human sciences specialist in family finance with ISU Extension.

“Smart investing will help Iowans increase their knowledge, learn to set goals and then take action,” Monahan said. The series includes:

1). Starting Out, targets those who are beginning to invest.

2). Building Up, targets those in mid-life.

3). Making It Last, focuses on those nearing or in retirement.

Each course involves four online modules and is tailored to the investment challenges of each age group.

Topics include balancing risk, cutting investment costs, choosing an investment adviser and fine-tuning an investment portfolio at each life stage.

The online courses are taught by Cynthia Fletcher, an Extension resource management specialist.

The program is made possible by a grant to Iowa Library Services from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart Investing@Your library, a partnership with the American Library Association.

Local libraries are offering investing courses that incorporate face-to-face kick-off and wrap-up sessions taught by ISU Extension specialists in family finance.

In between these two sessions, participants will work at their own pace to complete one of the online courses.

“The face-to-face sessions will help you get started, apply what you learn and motivate you to complete the four online modules,” Monahan said.

To enroll go to www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/smart-investing-your-library.

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