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INVESTING AND FINANCE IN THE CLASSROOM: 10 OF THE BEST RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR TEACHERS

As New School Year Approaches, 22-Member Alliance Highlights Top Resources for Those Teaching Real Money Skills to Children

WASHINGTON, D.C.//July 31, 2012//Are you a teacher looking for free, quality resources to help instruct students on managing their personal finances? The nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE), a consortium of America's top regulatory, self-regulatory and industry organizations focused on investor education, is now making available in one place a variety of resources online at http://www.investoreducation.org.

AIE is outlining 10 of the best Web-based resources for teachers looking to give their students a strong base of knowledge in investing and personal finance so they will know how to properly manage their finances as they grow into adulthood. The Alliance's new "Investing and Finance for Kids" is available at http://www.investoreducation.org/kidsinvest. AIE is the organization of the United States' leading financial-related foundations, nonprofit organizations, associations and governmental agencies.

Alliance for Investor Education President Sue Duncan, who also serves as vice president of the Investment Company Institute Education Foundation (ICIEF), said: "The best way to make sure Americans know how to save and invest wisely as adults is to start early. Educators are a key source for sharing that knowledge with kids starting at an early age and as they grow. The Alliance for Investor Education wants to make sure all teachers have access to the best tools for showing children the importance of saving and investing their money so they are best able to meet their financial goals as they grow."

Teachers within the greater metro DC area can apply for ICIEF grants of up to $25,000 each (http://www.icief.org/icief_grant_guidelines.html) for starting or expanding investing education classes, programs, or activities at their schools.

The new "Investing and Finance for Kids" section of the AIE Web site features the following 10 top resources for teachers:

  1. How to Make Personal Finance "Connect" With Young Adults - American Association of Individual Investors.

  2. Generation Money - FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Channel One News, and the Consumer Federation of America.

  3. Live "Stock" Adventure - North American Securities Administrators Association.

  4. High School Financial Planning Program - National Endowment for Financial Education.

  5. Saving and Investing for Students - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  6. Kids & Money Ė Preschoolers through Teenagers - Employee Benefit Research Institute.

  7. Stock Market Game - SIFMA Foundation.

  8. Teach Investing - Investor Protection Trust.

  9. Teaching Your Teen About Money - 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy/American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  10. Federal Reserve Kids Page - Federal Reserve Board.

For an overview of the rest of the best investor education resources on the Web from AIE members, go to http://www.investoreducation.org.

ABOUT AIE

Founded in 1996, the Alliance for Investor Education Web site at http://www.investoreducation.org provides investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions. The 22-member Alliance for Investor Education is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. We pursue initiatives for education and join with others to motivate Americans to obtain objective information and increase their knowledge and understanding of investing.

Full members of the Alliance include: American Association of Individual Investors, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, American Savings Education Council, CFA Institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Employee Benefit Research Institute, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, Insured Retirement Institute, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Endowment for Financial Education, National Futures Association, Options Industry Council, SIFMA Foundation, Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and the Society for Financial Education and Professional Development.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the North American Securities Administrators Association are the governmental and quasi-governmental advisors to the Alliance.

CONTACT: Ailis Aaron Wolf, for AIE, (703) 276-3265 or aawolf@hastingsgroup.com.



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