Money Smart Week to Help Iowans Manage Personal Finances


Iowans have a chance to brush up on money management skills during the twelfth annual Money Smart Week taking place across Iowa April 20-27, 2013.  Financial institutions, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and community groups have teamed up to offer a full week of events designed to help Iowans of all ages better manage their finances.  Special events and classes will be offered   in different locations across the state from Council Bluffs, Creston, Harlan, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, and the Quad Cites.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Iowa Money Smart Week partners will be offering free financial seminars this week to help Iowans enhance their personal money management skills. Topics range from home-buying basics and financial literacy for youth to retirement planning and investment options for Senior Citizens.  All events are free of charge and do not include sales pitches.  A full calendar of events in your area is available at

The Money Smart Investor Conference will take place Saturday, April 20th @ Drake University Olmstead Center from 8am to 12:30 pm.  Let financial experts help you trim your budget to flatten your portfolio, maximize Social Security benefits, and bring out your entrepreneurial side.  The Keynote speaker will be Jos  Peters from Morningstar.  His topic will be, “Can a Small Investor Find Safety and Quality in the Stock Market “?  A Financial Wellness Expo will take place after the Investor Conference starting at 12:30pm.  Financial experts will have displays and prizes. There will be a panel of experts addressing consumer fraud, helping your children learn about finances, understanding your 401K, and college loan programs. More information about the Conference and Expo and registration is available at

Since 2002, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has been a proud sponsor of Money Smart Week.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has always taken an active role in this week of activities across the state to help present useful financial information to Iowans of all ages.  Put it on your calendar and learn something new to help you manage your money. 

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