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In these times of economic chaos, people are not sure where to turn for help in navigating the financial headwinds.  Well, help is just around the corner and it’s free!  All across the nation, professional financial planners are celebrating Financial Planning Week by offering free advice to anyone seeking answers to their most perplexing questions.  In addition, a number of financial planners will speak on a variety of topics. 

In Birmingham, the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama will host a Financial Planning Expo this coming Tuesday, October 1st, at the Homewood City Hall Building in Rosewood Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  For you GPSers, the street address is 2850 19th Street, Homewood, AL.  The Alabama Securities Commission, Joe Borg, Director, partnered with the FPA to sponsor this event.  This year they’ll have hors d’oeuvres and beverages and there is easy access parking.

Here are the speakers’ topics:

4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.  “The Changing Landscape of Long-Term Care- Are You Prepared?” presented by Babs Hart, CLTC.  Insurance companies have raised premiums as much as 58% on existing policyholders.  Learn your best strategies whether you currently own LTC insurance or are considering buying coverage in the near future.

4:55 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. “Forging Your Financial Future”, presented by Fergus Tuohy, CFP®, CRPC, CDFA.  The future is bright if you know the right financial strategies.  Learn what the pros are telling their clients to do now.

5:40 p.m. – 6:25 p.m.  “Estate Planning: An Introduction to the Essentials” presented by Stewart Welch III, AEP, CFP.  The estate planning laws have been completely overhauled.  Learn what you need to do now based on these recent changes.

6:25 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.  “Tips for Informed and Safe Investing”, presented by Joe Borg, Director of the Alabama Securities Commission.  Securities fraud rises during a poor economy.  Learn how to protect yourself from would-be fraudsters. 

7:10 p.m. – 7:55 p.m.  “Real World Retirement Planning”, presented by Steve Garrett, Sr., CFP®, MBA.  Retirees have gotten a two-punch: a weak economy and historically low interest rates.  Learn the best ways to invest in today’s world.

Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to learn money-saving ideas from top financial planners in Alabama.  When you’re finished, treat yourself to dinner at one of the great restaurants in the Homewood area!  For more information visit