Women May Finally Learn How To Save Money Instead Of Spend It

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I like to think that I’m pretty well educated in the personal finance department. I opened a savings account a little while ago; I contribute to a 401k; and, for the most part, I drink only the cheapest of beers. Sure, I spend a bit extravagantly on shoes now and then, but what gal doesn’t ? (This is Carney, btw). So I’m not sure I really need Merrill Lynch’s services so much as maybe they need mine. But in case you’re not as well-endowed as me (still Carney here), give this a gander:

Merrill Lynch has plans to roll out a weekend financial educational session solely for women at some point during the year, according to Karen Klein, director of family wealth services. The firm has been running financial educational sessions, coined "boot camps," for the upcoming generation of ultra-high-net-worth clients for the last four years.
The boot camp idea stemmed from both client and wealth advisor requests for more educational offerings, which include a full composite of classes on how to handle an upcoming fortune. The spokeswoman noted that most clients are part of the workforce. The recent three-day session was held at Wharton, featuring Wharton professors and speakers from Irvine, Calif.-based IFS Advisors.

Merrill Plans Financial Boot Camp For Women [Dailyii.com]

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