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Financial Literacy Conference set for Feb. 21

February 10, 2009

Has the uncertain economy left you with questions about your credit rating, mortgage or retirement options? If so, the Financial Management Association at Indiana State University's College of Business has answers.

The 2009 Financial Literacy Conference will take place Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Science Building, room 012, on the ISU campus. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public.

"The conference is designed to provide members of the Wabash Valley community with a forum to seeks answers to basic financial questions," said Jonathan Conant, Financial Management Association member and conference coordinator. "This is a service project designed to benefit people who don't have a lot of financial training."

The conference will feature a variety of speakers, including industry professionals and finance experts. Four, one-hour sessions will focus on key elements of financial literacy topics including the use of credit cards, home mortgages and retirement strategies. All sessions will be interactive and participants are encouraged to come with questions.

Speakers include David Sprigg, Citizens National Bank; Jeff Spencer, investment advisor and owner of Innsbruck Financial Consultants; and John Conant, professor and chair of the ISU economics department.

Established in 1970, the national Financial Management Association is a global leader in developing the disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. FMA works to broaden common interests among academics and practitioners; provide opportunities for professional interaction among academics, practitioners and students; promote the development and understanding of relevant basics and applied research and sound financial practices; and to enhance the quality of finance education in and out of the classroom.

The ISU chapter of the Financial Management Association was founded in 1989 and had included more than one hundred students from diverse majors and professionals and professional tracts. The conference is a community service and experiential learning project for the chapter.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Early registration ends Feb. 14. Late registration will remain open until Feb. 19. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jonathan Conant at

Contact: Jonathan Conant, conference coordinator, Financial Management Association, Indiana State University,

Writer: Emily Taylor, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications & Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or

Story Highlights

The Financial Management Association at ISU will host the 2009 Financial Literacy Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Organizers say this year\'s conference is especially timely in the wake of an uncertain econony. The event is free, but reservations are required.

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