The Denver Post

SPRUCING UP FOR SPRING FINANCES

A public-awareness campaign offers free personal money advice and events April 18-25

- By Emilie Rusch

Denver Financial Planning Day will offer free personal money advice for individual­s seeking to take control of their finances during a Money Smart Week event.

Everyone has a burning question or two they’ve always wanted to ask a financial expert. Maybe it’s: What should I do with my old 401(k) plan from a previous employer? Or, would I benefit from refinancin­g my house? Or, I just graduated from college and have student loan debt coming due. How do I not go broke every month? Celebrate Money Smart Week this year by finally getting the answers — no strings attached. “It’s so imperative that everybody take control of their finances in this day and age, especially when you’re more and more on your own,” said Rebecca Kennedy, a certified financial planner in Denver and co-chair of the pro-bono committee for the Financial Planning Associatio­n of Colorado.

On April 18, her fellow certified financial planners will share their expertise — for free — offering one-on-one counseling at Denver Financial Planning Day, hosted by FPA Colorado from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood.

It’s one of more than 100 events, webinars and activities planned across the state for Money Smart Week, a public-awareness campaign that runs nationwide April 18-25.

Some 125 partner organizati­ons — banks, nonprofit organizati­ons, libraries, colleges and more — plan to participat­e locally, offering free, no-strings-attached programmin­g for all ages, said Stacee Martin, director of public affairs

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