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Securities Division > News Archive  > For Immediate Release: April 13, 2009 Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita’s Office Begins Series of Free Financial Fitness Seminars During National Financial Literacy Month

Contact: Jim Gavin

Secretary Rokita's Indiana Investment Watch program promotes
financial literacy in Hoosiers

(Indianapolis) – Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita's Indiana Investment Watch program is partnering with Circle Centre Mall to present a series of free Financial Fitness seminars beginning Tuesday, April 14, at noon in the Artsgarden. The seminars will be open to the public and held once a month from April to October, and will covering a wide range of personal finance topics.

"Financial Literacy Month promotes a better understanding of budgeting, saving, investing, credit card smarts and much more," said Secretary Rokita. "I believe a lack of financial literacy has played a significant role in causing our current economic problems. The Financial Fitness series will extend that focus on financial literacy beyond April, helping Hoosiers become smarter savers, more responsible consumers and better informed investors."

For more information on increasing your financial literacy, visit

Here is a complete list of dates, topics and presenters:

    (all seminars begin at noon)

  • Tuesday, April 14: College Choice 529 Plan presented by the office of Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock

  • Tuesday, May 12: Protecting Yourself from Investment Fraud presented by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita's Indiana Investment Watch program

  • Tuesday, June 16: Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Prevention presented by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita's Indiana Investment Watch program and the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network

  • Monday, July 13: Understanding and Avoiding Affinity Fraud presented by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita's Investment Watch program

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11: Budgeting 101 presented by the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15: Credit Card Smarts presented by Purdue Extension

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13: Financial Planning and Retirement presented by Jack Perry, Financial Planners Association of Greater Indiana

About Indiana Investment Watch
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita created the program Indiana Investment Watch to increase financial literacy in Hoosiers and to educate them about the various types of securities and mortgage loan broker fraud. The program is not funded by taxpayer dollars, but rather by the money collected from settlements in securities fraud cases.

For more information, please visit If you feel you have been the victim of investment fraud, please call the Secretary of State's Securities Division at 1-800-223-8791.

Media Contact: Jim Gavin: 317.233.8655 or