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From simple tasks like making a household budget or balancing a checkbook, to evaluating life insurance and selecting an investment vehicle to fund a comfortable retirement, people have to learn about personal finance in order to be successful overseers of their incomes and assets. Students especially are faced with an array of purchasing, savings and credit choices, necessitating the need for solid financial information in order to make smart financial decisions for the future.

SunTrust Bank is partnering with University of South Carolina Upstate accounting instructor John Cronin to host a five-week financial literacy program that will address these decisions and choices on Fridays from Sept. 6 through Oct. 4, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at 160 E. Saint John St. in downtown Spartanburg. An informal networking time will precede each class from 8 – 8:30 a.m.

Guest lectures will be provided by executives from SunTrust Bank and other USC Upstate business faculty. They will address: Managing your liquidity, personal financing, insurance protection, personal investing and retirement/estate planning. Topics are especially timely for students, but the non-credit classes are also open to the general public, alumni, faculty, staff and retirees. This event qualifies for USC Upstate Continuing Education credits for personal development.

Pre-registration is required for these classes. The registration fee includes all class materials and light refreshments. More details and registration information can be found online at www.uscupstate.edu/suntrust or contact Bea Walters Smith at (864) 503-5235 or bwsmith@uscupstate.edu.

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