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BACK TO SCHOOL: HIGHLIGHTING THE BEST RESOURCES FOR INVESTOR EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM

21-Member Alliance Including SIFMA, FINRA, SEC and State Securities Administrators Highlights Top Investor Education Resources for Teachers and Students

WASHINGTON, D.C.//September 23, 2009//Are you a teacher looking for finance and investment-related educational resources for your classroom? Are you searching for ways to let your pupils have fun while also learning important financial lessons they'll need for the future? Are you a parent looking for tips for the best way to teach your kids about finances and investing?

Help for teachers and parents is available today from the nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE), which is highlighting 10 of the best Web-based resources for educating children about saving and investing. The Alliance's new "Back to School: Investor Education in the Classroom" is available at http://www.investoreducation.org/backtoschool. AIE is the organization of the United States' 21 leading financial-related foundations, nonprofit organizations, associations and governmental agencies.

Alliance for Investor Education President Dallas Salisbury, who also serves as president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and chairman of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC), said: "In these uncertain financial times, it is more important now than ever that children are taught not only about how the financial system works in the United States but also how to manage their own personal finances through saving and investing. We want to make sure teachers and parents know where they can find the best available information from the experts."

The new "Back to School: Investor Education in the Classroom" section of the AIE Web site features the following 10 top resources for consumers:

  1. The Stock Market Game - SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education.

  2. Savings Tips for Kids & Money - Employee Benefit Research Institute/American Savings Education Council.

  3. Just for Teachers - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  4. FSI: Fraud Scene Investigator - North American Securities Administrators Association.

  5. Learning, Earning and Investing - Council for Economic Education.

  6. NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® - National Endowment for Financial Education®.

  7. The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020 - Investor Protection Trust.

  8. Financial Literacy Training for High School Students - Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

  9. Teaching Children About Mutual Funds - American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/360 Degrees of Financial Literacy.

  10. Federal Reserve Kids Page - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

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 21-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, EBRI/ASEC, BetterInvesting, CFA Institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Financial Publishers Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, Council for Economic Education, National Endowment for Financial Education, National Futures Association, Retirement Security Project, SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 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, (703) 276-3265 or .



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