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January 16, 2004 – Local Advisor to participate in “National Jump-Start Your Retirement Days” Hotline

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors to Offer Three Days of FREE Guidance

Arlington Heights, IL – These are heady days for the U.S. stock market, but not for legions of investors who ignored their portfolios in recent years or sat on the sidelines during last year’s run-up. It’s time that people began to pay attention to their investments again. So Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine is partnering with the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) to sponsor “National Jump-Start your Retirement Days”—a chance to get free financial advice by telephone from the nation’s premier financial planners.

“A lot of people are still paralyzed after the past few years—their investments are a mess or they are confused about what to do,” says Kiplinger’s Personal Finance editor Fred W. Frailey. “We want to help people get back on track, and sometimes the best way to do that is by talking directly with a financial expert.”

From 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. EST on three separate Fridays—February 6 and 20 and March 5—NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors will be standing by to answer people’s most pressing financial questions. Examples: Am I saving enough to live the lifestyle I want in retirement? Is my money invested properly? What kind of IRA should I have? How should I be investing my 401(k)? What do I need to know about estate planning? This service is free for absolutely everyone.

NAPFA is a 1,060 member organization of Fee-Only comprehensive financial advisors. NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors must meet the highest professional education, competency and compensation standards. They are knowledgeable not just about investments, but also insurance, estate planning, tax planning and retirement planning. Normally, their services cost between $100 to $250 an hour.

“Retirement is a major issue for many people, regardless of age,” says NAPFA member Sherrill St. Germain of New Means Financial Planning of Hollis, NH. “Clients are not just concerned about when they will be able to quit working, they’re worried about if they will actually be able to retire. I look forward to the opportunity to help people who call in through the toll free hotline.”

The toll-free number to call during the “National Jump-Start Your Retirement Days” is 1-888-919-2345. Further information on this initiative and on reviving your retirement plan can be found in the upcoming March 2004 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

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CONTACTS: Sherrill St. Germain, MBA
Principal, New Means Financial Planning
Ellen Turf

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