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Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women on Web and by Mail

Money Talk

8/31/2009

AMES, Iowa -- Women often have unique financial needs, according to Pat Swanson, Iowa State University Extension family resource management specialist. “Eighty-five percent of women will be on their own financially at some time. Some never marry, some marry later in life, some divorce and some outlive their husbands. And of the elderly poor in America, more than 70 percent are women,” Swanson says.
 
To help women address those needs Iowa State University Extension offers the Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women program on the Internet or by mail. The next opportunity to participate is in a series of programs scheduled Oct. 5 through Nov. 6.  Swanson and Cynthia Needles Fletcher, also an ISU Extension state specialist, will conduct the Web-based or by-mail course on Money Talk.

“You will learn smart money management skills and work through action steps to become a more informed manager of your money,” Swanson says. The goal of the course is to educate and empower women to take control of their financial lives.
 
The modules will cover financial basics, insurance, investing, retirement planning and planning for life events. ISU Extension education programs do not promote any product or company. The course includes the 190-page Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women workbook.

For either the Web-based or by-mail course you can go online (www.extension.iastate.edu/store) to register using a credit card or send a check for $75 payable to Iowa State University, along with your name, address and e-mail address, to the ISU Extension Distribution Center (515-294-5247) at 119 Printing and Publications Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa  50011.  Registration deadline is Oct. 1. A registration brochure with more information is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/finances/personal/Money+Talk.htm.
 

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Contacts :

Pat Swanson, Human Development and Family Studies, (515) 294-2731, pswanson@iastate.edu

Del Marks, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu