Back to School: ASC offers programs to help Albertans become investment savvy



    CALGARY, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) is
helping Albertans improve their investment capability through a number of
beginner investing and financial literacy programs this fall.
    "As the regulator of Alberta's capital market, ASC is entrusted to
protect investors," says Tamera Van Brunt, director of Communications and
Investor Education. "A necessary component of protection is education. If we
can help Albertans gain a strong foundation of financial skills and investing
knowledge, they can then better protect themselves and their hard-earned money
because they know what questions to ask and how to do their homework before
investing."
    
    The ASC is working with a number of partners to offer resources to
strengthen the financial skills of young Albertans and help prepare them for
their investing future. These initiatives include:

    -  working with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to support and
       promote a new online resource for teachers called The City that
       includes material designed for high school students that teaches
       financial skills that they can carry throughout their lives.
    -  collaborating with Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta to support
       in-class programs and develop materials that are delivered to junior
       high students by industry volunteers to raise financial literacy and
       create an interest in personal finances.
    -  highlighting helpful investing resources for parents, teachers and
       youth via the ASC website and investing fact sheets.
    -  offering an online, interactive educational program through the
       Canadian Securities Administrators designed to boost the financial
       literacy of Canadian students aged 15-21, complete with a Teacher
       Resource Centre.
    

    The ASC also offers investment education for adults through its
partnership with Mount Royal College in Calgary and NAIT and Metro Continuing
Education in Edmonton. The Basics of Investing course is designed for beginner
investors and runs year round with the next sessions beginning at the end of
September. For more information on these courses and how to register, visit
Courses and Resources at www.albertasecurities.com.

    The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the
province's securities laws. It is entrusted to foster a fair and efficient
capital market in Alberta and to protect investors. As a member of the
Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and
harmonize the regulation of Canada's capital markets.





For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquiries: Mark Dickey, Senior
Communications Advisor, (403) 297-4481; For Investor Inquiries: ASC Public
Inquiries, Toll Free 1-877-355-4488


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