Money Smart Week 2017

If you’re starting to feel fretful about this time of the year (end of March, beginning of April), you’re not alone. Tax deadline is near. Have you done what you promised your new year’s resolution you’ll be doing? Have you put your financials in order for the upcoming year?

Have no worries. We’re here to help.

The Seattle Public Library is offering the three following programs in conjunction with Money Smart Week, which takes place from April 22-29, 2017. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Organizations across the country, including many public libraries, are offering free programs to people of all ages and income levels on all facets of personal finance. For more information about events, visit

Student loan debt affects millions of Americans and is now the second-largest sector of household debt at more than $1 trillion. In partnership with CENTS and the Attorney General’s Office of Washington, The Seattle Public Library will host a presentation on student loan repayment at the Central Library. The Student Loan Debt program will take place on Saturday April 22, 2017, 2-4:30 pm in Level 4, Room 1.

The second program in the series will focus on Basic Estate Planning. This seminar provides a general overview of basic estate planning issues including the use of will and trusts. Discussion includes the proper way of titling of assets, the importance of updating estate documents as well as planning for incapacity. Various techniques and options will be presented to maximize the proceeds and the dispositions of the estate to its beneficiaries. The program will take place on Monday April 24, 2017, 6-7:30 pm, BECU Trust Basic Estate Planning on Level 4, Room 2.

Our last and final program will assist you in Investing for Financial Independence. The instructor from BetterInvesting Puget Sound Chapter will walk you through step by step to a great and maybe even early retirement. This program will takes place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 2-4 pm, on Level 4, Room 2.

 Check out our posts on Money Smart Week in the past three years as well as a few recent posts by our Seattle Public Library librarian about retirement and investment.

Stay tuned for guest posts from our partners this year as Money Smart Week approaches.

~ posted by Huong

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