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Get a free education on how to better manage and grow your money through a series of seminars at local libraries throughout metro Detroit.

OCTOBER

  1. 1.       Tuesday, October 15, 6:30pm 

Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Pre-registration requested.  (248) 246-3700, www.ropl.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!
  1. 2.       Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm 

Wixom Public Library, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393. 

Pre-registration requested: (248) 624-2512, www.wixomlibrary.org.

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 2 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 2 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Investments:  What's their purpose? Is each one consistent with your objectives?  How does each one fit into your overall strategy?  What are the costs?   Do you know?   üCheck it out!
  1. 3.       Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm

Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Pre-registration requested: (248) 349-0720, www.novilibrary.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 1 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 1 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Goals:  are they specific? Can you measure your progress? Are they attainable and reasonable?  Are they time-bound?  Do you know? üCheck it out!
  1. 4.       Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm

Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Pre-registration requested. (734) 326-6123, www.westland.lib.mi.us

My Money & Me PART 2 OF 4: Money – Getting To Know You!

Using knowledge gained from Part One, participants will examine how debt and spending-related patterns are behavioral or habitual in nature, and that the process for modifying any negative patterns starts with gaining insight into the factors that form and perpetuate   both positive and negative relationships with money.  With assistance from the instructor, attendees will analyze an example assets, liabilities and net worth statement and cash flow statement for potential and actual problems using personal finance ratios. Attendees will learn the difference between asset allocation and diversification, the difference between ‘risk' and volatility and how it applies to investment-related decisions.   The session concludes with three fundamental  concepts for building net worth within the financial markets.

  1. 5.       Wednesday, October 23, 11:30am My Money & Me: Manage Your Future Now (Part 4 of 4) webinar for National Cooperative Extension w/Michigan State University Extension.

Developed and delivered by Mark B. Robinson. Contact: repke@msu.edu, 248-858-1008

In this session participants will examine the connotations of "risk" and "safe" and how our various interpretations of them may affect our future. Example age-based action plans and check lists for managing the future now will be outlined including check lists for dealing with emergencies and the transfer of information, records and intentions to spouses and family members. The session concludes with instruction on the importance of being informed, aware and adaptive.

This webinar is the last one in a four-part series facilitated by Michigan State University Extension. You can follow the event by visiting the eXtension website. The webinar will be recorded. The My Money & Me webinar series has been accepted by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE®) continuing education (CEU) Department for six (6.0) hours of credit. AFCPE will enter this information into their database towards 2012/2013 CEU requirements once members provide proof of completion. Member account status can be checked anytime. Read more about AFCPE continuing education details.

Go to webinar

Learning Targets

  • Utilize an aged-based checklists for getting control over financial-related issues 
  • Account organization and consolidation 
  • Understand age/risk-based example asset allocation 
  • Understand the importance of measuring returns and being informed, aware and adaptive on matters related to the financial markets
  1. 6.       Wednesday, October 23, 7:00pm

Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843

Pre-registration requested. (517) 546-0720, www.HowellLibrary.org.

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!
  1. 7.       Thursday, October 24, 7:00pm 

Farmington Community Library, main. 32737 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Fall Investment Series.

Pre-registration requested: (248) 553-0300, www.farmlib.org

Fall Investment Series, Part 2 of 2. Funding Your Present and Future Self

The only way to deal with the future is to put yourself in a space where you are functioning effectively in the present. Failing to do so may be life-altering for your future self. Whether you are 30 or three-times 30, this ‘real world' course instructs you on how to differentiate between your assumptions about market returns the future and what you actually know and therefore control. A checklist of easy-to-follow action items and an example on how to measure performance will help you get and maintain control over your money. Asset allocation and diversification concepts learned in courses 1 and 2 will be applied. No worn-out generalities or outdated advice. Just information you can use to take care of your future self by taking care of your present self.

  1. 8.       Monday, October 28, 6:30pm

Presented in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension.

Location: 21885 Dunham Road, Verkuilen Building #12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

Pre-registration requested: 586-469-7619, repke@msu.edu

In this Basic Money Management class, participants will learn about: reasons to save, goals, options risks and rewards, time value of money, diversification and planning. Part of an eight-part series.

  1. 9.       Tuesday, October 29, 6:15pm

Join us for a free viewing of the Be A Money Smarty™ made-for-television movie – on-the-house! Hosted by The Phoenix Theatre at Laurel Park Place, on Six Mile Road in Livonia, this 60 minute program covers the top things you need to know about Credit, Annuities, Long-Term Care Insurance, Identity Theft and Fraud, and how to Get and Keep Control Over Your Money. Free admission and free Resource Fair follows. RSVP to reserve your seat:  BeAMoneySmarty@gmail.com

NOVEMBER

  1. 10.   Wednesday, November 13, 6:30pm

Wixom Public Library.  49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393. 

Pre-registration requested: (248) 624-2512, www.wixomlibrary.org.

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!
  1. 11.   Thursday, November 14, 7:00pm

Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Pre-registration requested: (248) 349-0720, www.novilibrary.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 2 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 2 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Investments:  What's their purpose? Is each one consistent with your objectives?  How does each one fit into your overall strategy?  What are the costs?   Do you know?   üCheck it out!
  1. 12.   Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm 

Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Pre-registration requested. (734) 326-6123, www.westland.lib.mi.us

My Money & Me PART 3 OF 4: Getting S.M.A.R.T. About Goal Setting & Spending

In this third part of the series participants will learn how to set goals using S.M.A.R.T. criteria and how to develop a personal spending plan to meet those goals. Participants will also learn how behavior and emotion-based assumptions about money and spending may negatively affect how money-related decisions are made.   Attendees will be presented with a Money Personality Profile worksheet to help them better understand their relationship with money. Examples on what types of financial instruments are appropriate for meeting short-term goals, and what types of investments are more appropriate for reaching longer-term goals conclude the session.

DECEMBER

  1. 1.       Thursday, December 12, 7:00pm 

Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Pre-registration requested: (248) 349-0720, www.novilibrary.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!
  1. 13.   Tuesday, December 17, 6:30pm

Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Pre-registration requested. (734) 326-6123, www.westland.lib.mi.us

My Money & Me PART 4 OF 4: Manage Your Future NOW

"The only way to deal with the future is to put yourself in a space where you are functioning effectively now."  - Mark B. Robinson 

In this session participants will examine the definition of ‘risk' and ‘safe' and how our various interpretations of them may affect our future.  Example age-based action plans and check lists for managing the future now will be outlined including check lists for dealing with emergencies and the transfer of information, records and intentions to spouses and family members.  The session concludes with instruction on the importance of being informed, aware and adaptive.

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The up-to-date financial education schedule is always available online at www.GracefulCommunications.com

Finally, if you've been meaning to schedule a private one-on-one portfolio review with Mr. Robinson but just haven't gotten around to it, now would be a really good time to get it scheduled. As you can see by the list of programs, his calendar is pretty hectic!  He can typically arrange these reviews preceding a scheduled presentation (at the hosting site), or at one of our locations in Novi or Livonia.  Email your request to InvestorEducationInfo@gmail.com.

Mr. ‘Money Smarty' and Investor Education In Your Community content developer and lead presenter, Mark B. Robinson, CIMA® AIFA®:

Mark B. Robinson has 27 years of professional experience in the financial services industry.  As a Certified Investment Management Analyst™ and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst™, Mark has provided investment-related advice and services to individuals, private trusts and small non-profit entities. He has applied his industry-related knowledge to several investor education endeavors. These include: developer and lead presenter for the Federal Reserve Bank's Michigan Money Smart Week® Be A Money Smarty™ presentation, the State of Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Investor Education In Your Community program, and the My Money & Me™ series developed in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension.

Combined with his extensive industry experience, Mr. Robinson's holistic and real-world instructional approach to personal finance topics have made him a consumer favorite for the past seven years. Whether you've attended a single presentation or a dozen, you'll always benefit from the constantly updated and evolving material that he delivers in a comfortable and conversational style.  We encourage you to look through this fall's schedule of offerings to register for something of benefit to you, and pass along to others who might be interested as well.

OCTOBER

 

  1. 1.       Tuesday, October 15, 6:30pm 

Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Pre-registration requested.  (248) 246-3700, www.ropl.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!

 

  1. 2.       Wednesday, October 16, 6:30pm 

Wixom Public Library, 49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393. 

Pre-registration requested: (248) 624-2512, www.wixomlibrary.org.

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 2 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 2 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Investments:  What's their purpose? Is each one consistent with your objectives?  How does each one fit into your overall strategy?  What are the costs?   Do you know?   üCheck it out!

 

  1. 3.       Thursday, October 17, 7:00pm

Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Pre-registration requested: (248) 349-0720, www.novilibrary.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 1 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 1 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Goals:  are they specific? Can you measure your progress? Are they attainable and reasonable?  Are they time-bound?  Do you know? üCheck it out!

 

  1. 4.       Tuesday, October 22, 6:30pm

Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Pre-registration requested. (734) 326-6123, www.westland.lib.mi.us

My Money & Me PART 2 OF 4: Money – Getting To Know You!

Using knowledge gained from Part One, participants will examine how debt and spending-related patterns are behavioral or habitual in nature, and that the process for modifying any negative patterns starts with gaining insight into the factors that form and perpetuate   both positive and negative relationships with money.  With assistance from the instructor, attendees will analyze an example assets, liabilities and net worth statement and cash flow statement for potential and actual problems using personal finance ratios. Attendees will learn the difference between asset allocation and diversification, the difference between ‘risk' and volatility and how it applies to investment-related decisions.   The session concludes with three fundamental  concepts for building net worth within the financial markets.

 

  1. 5.       Wednesday, October 23, 11:30am My Money & Me: Manage Your Future Now (Part 4 of 4) webinar for National Cooperative Extension w/Michigan State University Extension.

Developed and delivered by Mark B. Robinson. Contact: repke@msu.edu, 248-858-1008

In this session participants will examine the connotations of "risk" and "safe" and how our various interpretations of them may affect our future. Example age-based action plans and check lists for managing the future now will be outlined including check lists for dealing with emergencies and the transfer of information, records and intentions to spouses and family members. The session concludes with instruction on the importance of being informed, aware and adaptive.

This webinar is the last one in a four-part series facilitated by Michigan State University Extension. You can follow the event by visiting the eXtension website. The webinar will be recorded. The My Money & Me webinar series has been accepted by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE®) continuing education (CEU) Department for six (6.0) hours of credit. AFCPE will enter this information into their database towards 2012/2013 CEU requirements once members provide proof of completion. Member account status can be checked anytime. Read more about AFCPE continuing education details.

Go to webinar

Learning Targets

  • Utilize an aged-based checklists for getting control over financial-related issues 
  • Account organization and consolidation 
  • Understand age/risk-based example asset allocation 
  • Understand the importance of measuring returns and being informed, aware and adaptive on matters related to the financial markets

 

  1. 6.       Wednesday, October 23, 7:00pm

Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843

Pre-registration requested. (517) 546-0720, www.HowellLibrary.org.

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!
  1. 7.       Thursday, October 24, 7:00pm 

Farmington Community Library, main. 32737 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Fall Investment Series.

Pre-registration requested: (248) 553-0300, www.farmlib.org

Fall Investment Series, Part 2 of 2. Funding Your Present and Future Self

The only way to deal with the future is to put yourself in a space where you are functioning effectively in the present. Failing to do so may be life-altering for your future self. Whether you are 30 or three-times 30, this ‘real world' course instructs you on how to differentiate between your assumptions about market returns the future and what you actually know and therefore control. A checklist of easy-to-follow action items and an example on how to measure performance will help you get and maintain control over your money. Asset allocation and diversification concepts learned in courses 1 and 2 will be applied. No worn-out generalities or outdated advice. Just information you can use to take care of your future self by taking care of your present self.

  1. 8.       Monday, October 28, 6:30pm

Presented in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension.

Location: 21885 Dunham Road, Verkuilen Building #12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

Pre-registration requested: 586-469-7619, repke@msu.edu

In this Basic Money Management class, participants will learn about: reasons to save, goals, options risks and rewards, time value of money, diversification and planning. Part of an eight-part series.

 

  1. 9.       Tuesday, October 29, 6:15pm

Join us for a free viewing of the Be A Money Smarty™ made-for-television movie – on-the-house! Hosted by The Phoenix Theatre at Laurel Park Place, on Six Mile Road in Livonia, this 60 minute program covers the top things you need to know about Credit, Annuities, Long-Term Care Insurance, Identity Theft and Fraud, and how to Get and Keep Control Over Your Money. Free admission and free Resource Fair follows. RSVP to reserve your seat:  BeAMoneySmarty@gmail.com

 

NOVEMBER

 

  1. 10.   Wednesday, November 13, 6:30pm

Wixom Public Library.  49015 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393. 

Pre-registration requested: (248) 624-2512, www.wixomlibrary.org.

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!

 

  1. 11.   Thursday, November 14, 7:00pm

Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Pre-registration requested: (248) 349-0720, www.novilibrary.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 2 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 2 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Investments:  What's their purpose? Is each one consistent with your objectives?  How does each one fit into your overall strategy?  What are the costs?   Do you know?   üCheck it out!

 

  1. 12.   Tuesday, November 19, 6:30pm 

Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Pre-registration requested. (734) 326-6123, www.westland.lib.mi.us

My Money & Me PART 3 OF 4: Getting S.M.A.R.T. About Goal Setting & Spending

In this third part of the series participants will learn how to set goals using S.M.A.R.T. criteria and how to develop a personal spending plan to meet those goals. Participants will also learn how behavior and emotion-based assumptions about money and spending may negatively affect how money-related decisions are made.   Attendees will be presented with a Money Personality Profile worksheet to help them better understand their relationship with money. Examples on what types of financial instruments are appropriate for meeting short-term goals, and what types of investments are more appropriate for reaching longer-term goals conclude the session.

 

DECEMBER

 

  1. 1.       Thursday, December 12, 7:00pm 

Novi Public Library, 45255 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Pre-registration requested: (248) 349-0720, www.novilibrary.org

"A Control Freak's Checklist" PART 3 OF 3-part series:  What to know, what to do, and where to turn.  Each session is 60 minutes. Useful ‘checklists' will be available for attendees to use.  In this three-part series you'll learn how to use easy, ‘check-the-box' lists to get and keep control over five important money-related parts of your life: 

  • Part 3 of 3 – A Control Freak's Checklist for Your Personal Information:  "Investment scams and identity theft?  That could never happen to me."  Are you sure?  You may be surprised.    üCheck it out!

 

  1. 13.   Tuesday, December 17, 6:30pm

Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185

Pre-registration requested. (734) 326-6123, www.westland.lib.mi.us

My Money & Me PART 4 OF 4: Manage Your Future NOW

"The only way to deal with the future is to put yourself in a space where you are functioning effectively now."  - Mark B. Robinson 

In this session participants will examine the definition of ‘risk' and ‘safe' and how our various interpretations of them may affect our future.  Example age-based action plans and check lists for managing the future now will be outlined including check lists for dealing with emergencies and the transfer of information, records and intentions to spouses and family members.  The session concludes with instruction on the importance of being informed, aware and adaptive.

Facebook is a good way to keep up with what's happening.  www.facebook.com/InvestorEducation  You may also follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/InvestrEducatn

The up-to-date financial education schedule is always available online at www.GracefulCommunications.com

Mr. ‘Money Smarty' and Investor Education In Your Community content developer and lead presenter, Mark B. Robinson, CIMA® AIFA®:

Mark B. Robinson has 27 years of professional experience in the financial services industry.  As a Certified Investment Management Analyst™ and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst™, Mark has provided investment-related advice and services to individuals, private trusts and small non-profit entities. He has applied his industry-related knowledge to several investor education endeavors. These include: developer and lead presenter for the Federal Reserve Bank's Michigan Money Smart Week® Be A Money Smarty™ presentation, the State of Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Investor Education In Your Community program, and the My Money & Me™ series developed in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension.

Combined with his extensive industry experience, Mr. Robinson's holistic and real-world instructional approach to personal finance topics have made him a consumer favorite for the past seven years. Whether you've attended a single presentation or a dozen, you'll always benefit from the constantly updated and evolving material that he delivers in a comfortable and conversational style.  We encourage you to look through this fall's schedule of offerings to register for something of benefit to you, and pass along to others who might be interested as well.

Finally, if you've been meaning to schedule a private one-on-one portfolio review with Mr. Robinson but just haven't gotten around to it, now would be a really good time to get it scheduled. As you can see by the list of programs, his calendar is pretty hectic!  He can typically arrange these reviews preceding a scheduled presentation (at the hosting site), or at one of our locations in Novi or Livonia.  Email your request to InvestorEducationInfo@gmail.com.

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