Consumers encouraged to ‘Take 5 to Get Wise’ about their financial wellness during Financial Literacy Month in April

National Retirement Planning Week and Money Smart Week included in the month-long initiative with series of events that promote financial literacy and awareness.

DENVER (April 4, 2017) -- Throughout the month of April, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will recognize national Financial Literacy Month, which incorporates National Retirement Planning Week, April 3-7 and Money Smart Week, April 22-29, as part of the Department’s “Take 5 to Get Wise - Ask DORA” consumer education initiative.

“An informed consumer is an empowered consumer, and taking just five minutes to become more aware of your finances could make all the difference when it comes to building and maintaining your financial health,” commented DORA Executive Director Joe Neguse. “Financial Literacy Month is designed to increase awareness among the public about the importance of financial education for all ages, from basic saving methods, to credit and debt management, to retirement planning - and even avoid the pitfalls of becoming a victim of financial fraud.”

Leading the effort is DORA’s financial divisions: Banking, Financial Services, and Securities, who will kick off Financial Literacy month with a 9NEWS’ Moneyline for consumers on April 6 from 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. The number to call is 303-698-0999.

Consumers are encouraged to call in to ask questions about how to research financial institutions, professionals, and investment offerings, file a complaint, and for lots of great tips and information on the lifelong financial literacy process.

The divisions will also be joining a variety of educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the month in order to provide information and resources to instill the importance of personal financial literacy, as well as share information about the Department’s Senior$afe Program and Senior Hotline, which provides resources to senior consumers with questions about DORA-regulated industries or financial exploitation and fraud concerns. The hotline can be reached at (720) 593-6720.

The divisions will be at more than a dozen events and/or presentations, including a Youth Financial Literacy Training in Colorado Springs; a “Joining Forces Committee” financial program presentation for Colorado military partners; the MoneySmart Week Kick-Off at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas at the Denver Branch; the Adams County Aging Network Conference; the “Cyber Security for Financial Businesses” via the Colorado Attorney General’s business seminar series, as well as events at several universities for students, and more.

Financial wellness and educational tips, advisories and resources will be posted throughout the month on Facebook and Twitter. Consumers can browse the askDORA.colorado.gov website where the friendly “Ask DORA Owl” guides visitors to information and resources.

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About DORA
The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll-free outside of Denver 1-800-886-7675
 

 
Rebecca Laurie
Department of Regulatory Agencies
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