REGISTER NOW for the 2014 MFEC Statewide Conference and Resource Fair

“Financial Security for a Lifetime” – featuring The TODAY Show’s Jean Chatzky!

Conference Dates:

April 28, 5:00 pm: Free Reception and Resource Fair Opening Remarks from Montana Lt. Governor Angela McLean and Keynote from Gene Natali, author of The Missing Semester, a personal finance primer for young adults 

April 29, 8:00am-5:00pm: Conference and Resource Fair

7:00 am Free Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 11:30am Free Conference Keynote by Jean Chatzky General Session Addresses by Monica Lindeen, Montana’s CSI and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Marsha Goetting, MSU: Greatest Challenges to Achieving Financial Security for a Lifetime Featuring panelists Jean Chatzky, Matt Dale, Montana Office of Consumer Protection, Lynne Egan, Deputy CSI, Melanie Hall, Montana Banking Commissioner
11:45am-5:00pm Paid Conference Luncheon Keynote with Carroll College Professor Belle Marie: Understanding Financial Literacy Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Digging deeper into workable financial solutions for young adults, women, military, and protecting against fraud 2014 Mini Grant awards for YOUR financial literacy projects

Check out the agenda As if you needed another reason to register. Really.

Click here to register In case you’re one of few that haven’t yet.

Hands on Banking by Wells Fargo

Want to take charge of your own finances and reach your goals? Just pick your age group and get started! Whether you want to build your credit, your investments, or your own small business; invest in the market, a home, or higher education; shop for a loan, buy a car, or open your first bank accounts, the Hands on Banking program offers all the basic money tools, skills, and information you need.  The site has a course for military, seniors, entrepreneurship, adults, young adults, teens and kids.  The site also has mobile courses.  The lessons for school-aged children are aligned with national and state educational standards for economics, financial literacy, mathematics, and English language arts, making it easy to integrate the Hands on Banking program into the classroom.  There is a link for instructional sources.

Smart About

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Get help completing the FAFSA, getting your PIN number, and answers to other common FAFSA questions. 

Put the Future Value of Money to work

We all need an incentive to save.  Dr. Robert Weagley from the University of Missouri’s Office for Financial Success brilliantly charts the Future Value of Money.

The moral of the story?  Start saving.  NOW.  No matter where you’re at.  Then don’t touch it.  Review your monthly statements and watch your starting balance grow.

Read the full article & see the simple chart.

Money Smart for Elementary School Students

The Money Smart for Elementary School Students module introduces key personal finance concepts to children ages 5-8. This resource includes age-appropriate activities designed to teach children about “paying yourself first,” “wants versus needs,” and other important lessons from the Money Smart curriculum. Money Smart for Elementary School Students consists of two key components: a teacher’s manual for use by anyone leading a group of youngsters in a discussion about money and a coloring/activity book for the students.

This resource was created to meet the needs of bankers and their community partners requesting Money Smart resources that elementary school students can use in the classroom or at home.

Money Smart for Elementary School Students is available for download and is free.