CONTACT: MONIQUE DI CARLO
307 E College
Iowa City IA 52242
Women's Center offers workshop for beginning investors
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Investing 101: A Workshop for Beginning Investors"
will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at the University of
Iowa Credit Union branch office on Mormon Trek Boulevard in Iowa City.
The workshop is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration
is required and can be accomplished by calling (319) 337-4222.
Roseann Ockenfels, a financial planner with the Ockenfels Group Inc.,
will lead the workshop. In addition, representatives from several local
investment clubs for women will talk about their experiences with group
investing, a process designed to remove some of the fear from the investment
process by joining with others to make group decisions regarding pooled
The workshop is the third in the on-going the "Women and Money"
series, co-sponsored by Women's Resource and Action Center at the University
of Iowa, the Iowa Women's Foundation, Johnson County Extension Service,
Focus Forward, and the Senior Center. The series is designed to give women
access to information regarding financial issues. Previous workshops have
covered budgeting and credit concerns.
According to national statistics, women earned 75 cents for every dollar
that men did last year and maintained 29.2 million households with no husband
present. The national poverty rate for women 65 and over is almost twice
that for men of the same age.
"Women have not been encouraged to think about their financial
futures because it has long been assumed that they would be taken care
of by a husband," said Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Resource
and Action Center. "Planners of the 'Women and Money' series are
especially interested in getting out the message that investing and retirement
planning are not just for the rich."
"Just a little bit of money invested regularly may simply guarantee
that, as a woman, you don't have to live in poverty when you can no longer
work or if you should become divorced," DiCarlo noted. "It is
a matter of not only saving money over time, but learning ways to make
that money work for you and for your family."
For more information on "Investing 101: A Workshop for Beginning
Investors," call the Iowa Women's Foundation at (319) 337-4222.