Fidelity Investments is offering a program called Guide to Personal Savings â€“ a series of free seminars and online tools to help consumers with their budgets, saving plans and investing goals.
A survey conducted by Fidelity Feb. 12-17 found that 83% of the 1,472 respondents said they had not sought financial help in the past 12 months because they thought they could not afford it.
The survey also found that 87% said the economic crisis had made them realize they needed to have an emergency fund. However, only 46% said they had such a fund. Fifty-one percent said they planned to start one in the next six months.
â€œWe want everyone to know that financial help is available to them, at no cost, whether youâ€™re a Fidelity customer or not,â€ said Kathleen A. Murphy, president of Fidelity Personal Investing, in a release.
Here are some of the free programs Fidelity is offering:
- More than 500 seminars at its investment centers by the end of March.
- New tools and calculators at the companyâ€™s Web site, www.fidelity.com/gps, including a Savings Planner (to help meet your savings goals); Portfolio Review (investment strategies);Â and Budget Snapshot (find out where youâ€™re spending your money)
- For those with Fidelity workplace savings plans, a series of weekly Webinars.
For more information, go to www.fidelity.com/gps
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