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SEC, State Securities Regulators Announce Investors Town Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia on June 6



Free program includes seminars for saving and investing wisely

Washington, D.C., May 23, 2001 – If you've ever wondered where you're going to get the money to send your kids to college, take care of aging relatives, or retire from work, you're not alone. But help is on the way to the Hampton Roads area courtesy of the U.S. Securities and Exhange Commission and the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Numerous surveys show that most Americans lack the basic information they need to save and invest wisely. That's why the SEC has conducted more than 40 town meetings in communities across the country to discuss the timeless principles of successful investing.

The SEC's next town meeting will take place at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside (777 Waterside Drive) on Wednesday, June 6 featuring SEC Investor Education Director Susan F. Wyderko and Ron Thomas, Director of the SCC's Division of Securities and Retail Franchising. The educational meeting is free to the public.

"With nearly half of American households relying on the stock market to achieve financial security, it's important that we help people learn how to balance their financial goals with their tolerance for risk," Wyderko said. "There are no shortcuts to financial success."

"We're bringing Wall Street to Hampton Roads," Thomas said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for area residents to learn how to build financial security and avoid costly mistakes."

In addition to the town meeting, the free program will also feature one-hour seminars on successful investing, mutual funds, selecting stocks, retirement saving, financial planning and debt management.

Town Meeting Schedule of Events:

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Educational Exhibits
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Town Meeting featuring Wyderko and Thomas
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Investing Seminars
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Investing Seminars

Admission is free but reservations are recommended because seating is limited. To make reservations to attend, call toll-free (877) 404-3222 or send an e-mail to rsvp@sec.gov. Auxiliary aids, such as a sign language interpreter, should be requested at the time of reservation.

The town meeting is sponsored by the Virginian-Pilot.

For more information, contact: John J. Nester, SEC, (202) 942-0032.



Modified: 05/23/2001