May 2005 Newsletter

May 4: NOTE The change in date! (First instead of second Wednesday)
Stock Mutual Funds: All you need to know including the best picks from Advanced Family Finance students. They will help teach the seminar and share with you their choices for the best stock mutual funds for long term goals. My Advanced Family Finance students devoted their semester to selecting the best stock mutual funds for the long run. Find out which funds to pick for your IRA or other long term goal.
Website of the month:
Mutual Fund Investor's Center home page: http://www.mfea.com
Resource of the month:
Take Charge of Your Money; http://extension.usu.edu/files/fampubs/fl500.pdf
Research on Baby boomer women and Financial planning
If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are eligible to participate in the study being conducted at USU. This study has been approved by the USU Institutional Review Board. For more information contact: Jean Lown, 752-6830 or lown@cc.usu.edu
FDIC CONSUMER NEWS
The latest issue of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Consumer News has been posted to the FDIC website at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnwin0405. The goal of FDIC Consumer News is to deliver timely, reliable and innovative tips and information, free of charge, to help people protect and stretch their money. Featured article: You can simplify your financial life.
CONSUMER ACTION HANDBOOK
The 2005 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook, one of the most informative and popular consumer resources produced by the Federal Government, is now available. This free, 168-page guide from the Federal Citizen Information Center helps citizens find the best and most direct sources for assistance with their consumer problems and questions. Designed to help consumers before and after they make a purchase, the Handbook features great tips on car repair, purchase and leasing, shopping from home, consumer and investment frauds, home improvement and financing, choosing and using credit cards wisely, protecting privacy, making health care decisions, choosing an education plan, and much more. A searchable version of the Handbook (in English and Spanish) is available online at
http://www.ConsumerAction.gov . For single copies, send your name and address to: Handbook, Pueblo, Colorado 81009; go online to http://www.ConsumerAction.gov and click on "Order Handbook;" or call toll- free, 1 (888) 878-3256, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and ask for the Handbook.
Cruise Ship Living in Retirement (is this for real?)
http://www.wanniski.com/showarticle.asp?articleid=4284
Financial Planning for Women (FPW) is a monthly educational seminar that meets the second Wednesday of each month at two times: 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Family Life room 318 on the USU campus. Bring your lunch. The same program is repeated in the evening: 7-8:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center, 493 North 700 East, Logan (at bottom of Old Main Hill). The longer evening time slot allows for more discussion. Programs are free and registration is not required. Bring a friend! For further information: (435) 797-1569; lown@cc.usu.edu
The USU Family Life Center, 797-7224, 493 N 700 East (bottom of Old Main Hill), provides free financial counseling and occasional workshops. This is the best source for basic money management and getting out of debt. They offer the PowerPay computer debt analysis