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Smart Investing @ Your Library

Are you looking for ways to take control of your financial life? Is saving enough for retirement on your radar, but finding the funds a challenge? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, register before January 22 for FREE Smart Investing@ Your Library classes at the Sioux Center Public Library. You could win an iPod Shuffle! The course kicks off on January 29 from 5:30-7pm.

Smart Investing @ Your Library


Register online now.

Become a confident investor! Attend the first class on January 29 and hear from ISU Extension and Outreach Financial Specialist Jan Burk who teaches and directs the course. The first 25 individuals to register will receive a free book! You must preregister with the Library by January 22 to receive the computer log-on with Iowa State University.

To enroll in Smart Investing @ Your Library, register online or contact the Sioux Center Public Library at 712-722-2138 or by emailing

Each course involves four online modules and is tailored to the investment challenges of each age group. Topics include balancing risk, cutting investment costs, choosing an investment adviser, and fine-tuning an investment portfolio.

Complete the following courses with a self-paced, 24/7 access:

  • "Starting Out" targets those who are beginning to invest
  • "Building Up" targets those in mid-life
  • "Making It Last" focuses on those nearing or in retirement

Hear from Patricia Swanson, CFP® and ISU Extension and Outreach state finance specialists who will teach the courses. Craig Goettsch, director of investor education and securities counsel, Iowa Securities Bureau, will also contribute to online discussions and reply to investor protection questions.


Ipod Shuffle

  • January 29, 5:30-7pm: Face-to-face Kick-off - (snow date: February 13)
  • January 29 - March 4: Online Class (24/7 access, self-paced)
  • March 5, 5:30-7pm: Face-to-face Wrap-up (snow date: March 6)

A drawing for a FREE iPod Shuffle will be held at the last session.

You must preregister with the Library by January 22nd to receive the computer log-on with ISU. Enrollment instructions for the course can also be found on the ISU Extension and Outreach website at

Register online or by calling us at 712-722-2138.

The free Smart Investing program is sponsored by Iowa Library Services and ISU Extension and Outreach with grant support from the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Investor Education Foundation. Contact Jan Burk at


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