Table: BusinessWeek's Guide to Women and Investing Programs







Women It's Time: Secure A Better Financial Future


Beginner 60 four-session seminars in 2001 Communities in 42 states $20 for all sessions and materials A, R, G, E Nurturing seminars that cover the A, B, Cs. Written materials useful and easy to understand.

American Express

Financial Well-Being What Every Woman Should Know

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Beginner; advanced for women with high assets At discretion of local AmEx offices Local AmEx offices nationwide Free A, R, G, E Informative Web site. Seminar brochure includes worksheets that help define financial goals.

Charles Schwab

Women Investing Now


Beginner; intermediate for high-asset clients Weekly or monthly, depending on demand Communities with Schwab branches Free A, R, G Seminars and written materials useful. Web site offers many tools, but some available only to top clients.

Chicks Laying Nest Eggs


Beginner Face-to-face seminars monthly; online seminars change monthly Major cities $40 for face-to-face. No cost for online. Required book: $25 A, R, C, G Much of program geared to starting investment clubs. Participants learn to read company financial statements.


Taking Control of Your Finances

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Beginner At discretion of local brokers Cities where brokers are located Free A, R, G Useful PowerPoint presentation. Aimed at Dreyfus clients. Follow-up with broker if client wants.

Financial Finesse


Beginner and advanced Monthly or every two months, depending on location 15 major cities $75, with $30 off for filling out online survey A, R, G Geared to 25-to-45-year-olds who need intro. One-on-one follow-up with adviser. Telephone helpline available.

Invesco Funds

Sex Matters! Women: Take Charge of Your Financial Future


Intermediate Monthly; twice a year in Denver Major and midsize cities Free A, R, G Relatively large classes of up to 50 in Denver and about 200 at trade shows.

Mellon Private Asset Management

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Advanced At discretion of local brokers In 25 cities with regional offices Free A, R, G, E Aimed at clients or potential ones with $1 million in assets. Seminar topics and materials vary by location.

Merrill Lynch

You and Your Money: A Financial Seminar for Women

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Beginner to advanced At discretion of local branches Communities where branches are located Free A, R, G, E Personal follow-up meetings available. Specialized seminars address financial planning.

MFS Investment

LifePlanning: A Program for Women


Depends on audience Regularly, by insurance companies, banks, and other sellers of products Where sellers of MFS products are located Free A, R, G, C Open only to clients of MFS intermediary. Written materials useful, especially the financial organizer-planner.

6 Steps to Reach Financial Security


Beginner Online seminars available anytime. Financial firms starting to offer live ones. Online. Live where MsMoney partners are located $25 for online. Free for clients of firms offering live seminars A, R, G Informative interactive features. Well-organized written materials. Live >seminars to be based on Web seminars.

Morgan Stanley

Your Money, Your Future

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Intermediate Frequently, at many locations Cities with local branches Free A, R, G Free personal consultations.

Northern Trust

Financial Preparedness


Advanced Periodically, for clients and prospects 81 company offices Free A, R, G, C, E Aimed at women with high net worths.


Women and Investing

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Beginner At discretion of brokers that sell Oppenheimer funds Cities where brokers are located Free A, R, G, C, E Search Women & Investment section on Web for articles on investing. Book and brochure available.

Putnam Investments

Women and Investment Planning

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Beginner At discretion of brokers that sell Putnam funds Cities where brokers are located Free A, R, G, C, E Informative PowerPoint presentation covers many subjects in a general way.

Salomon Smith Barney

The Women's Initiative

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Advanced Formal seminars every two months, plus others run by SSB consultants Major cities with SSB offices Free R, G, E By invitation to clients with $100,000 in invested assets and targeted prospects. Follow-up by advisers.


Women and Finance

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Beginner to intermediate At least once a year at many locations Client hospitals and universities Free A, R, G, E, C Informative seminars and written materials. Telephone and one-on-one counseling available.


Intermediate 25 seminars in 2001 Major cities Free A, R, G, C Aimed at affluent women. Good online educational center.

Vanguard Group

Women and Money

Limited to client companies

Beginner About 65 a year Companies with Vanguard retirement plans Free A, R, G, E, C Search "women" on Web site for "Women and Investing" guide.

Van Kampen


Beginner Weekly at various locations Cities, towns with financial advisers Free R, G Seminars based on Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach.

*A=Asset Allocation R=Retirement C=College G=General Investing E=Estate Planning

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