CHICAGO- (March 7, 2019) — The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has announced that Money Smart Week©—a national campaign that offers thousands of free events to help consumers better manage their personal finances—will be held March 30 through April 6.
“The Fed’s Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making shows that overall, households report improved economic well-being compared to five years earlier, but there were notable differences across groups,” said Chicago Fed President and CEO Charles Evans. “Money Smart Week is an opportunity for people to improve financial confidence and decision-making. Financially secure consumers are important to a strong economy.”
Money Smart Week is coordinated by the Chicago Fed with the help of a network of local partners across the country who deliver lessons and coach consumers. Money Smart Week’s event topics include money management, budgeting, taxes, career development, debt relief and retirement planning, among others. Events for children range from decorating piggy banks to monopoly tournaments.
“This year’s campaign includes a broad line-up of events. In Kansas City, instructors will teach classes on fair housing and effective job search strategies,” said Chicago Fed Money Smart Week Manager Heather Greenwell. “The Atlanta campaign features financial education for undergraduates to address rising student loan default. In Detroit, we’ll engage children through money-magic shows and teens through financial rock concerts. Across the country, the goal is to empower people with the skills to make better-informed financial decisions.”
In 2018, Money Smart Week had 2,500 volunteer partners, hosted 4,350 events, and reached over 141,740 consumers in 41 states. The majority of events take place in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas and West Virginia.
To register for an event, visit moneysmartweek.org/events.
- For information on how to become a volunteer partner for Money Smart Week 2020, contact the Money Smart Week Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For additional details about Money Smart Week, visit www.moneysmartweek.org.
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The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.
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