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Released June 23, 2003

SOUTHERN MISS CONTINUING EDUCATION SPONSORS
RETIREMENT PLANNING SEMINAR IN NATCHEZ

HATTIESBURG -- Helping people prepare for a secure retirement is the focus of "Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement," a seminar sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Continuing Education.

The seminar will be offered in Natchez at the Natchez Convention Center on Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The instructor will be Robert Harger, a registered representative with Harger and Company, Inc., member NASD and SIPC.

Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement is designed to offer straightforward answers to the retirement questions of those nearing retirement. These may be people looking forward to a planned retirement or those facing an early retirement because of termination from their jobs.

"The economy is slow today, and many companies are laying off employees to cut expanses," Harger said. "These employees are faced with many decisions, such as what to do with their company's retirement plan.

"During the workshop, you will learn how to avoid the early withdrawal 10 percent penalty, begin taking an income immediately from the retirement plan, and plan for a successful retirement."

The seminar covers a number of common financial mistakes people make when planning for their retirement. Among these are not saving enough for retirement, putting off financial planning, not choosing the right mix of investments, avoiding estate planning, not knowing how much money you'll need to retire, missing out on tax reduction strategies and paying costly retirement plan fees and penalties.

Participants in the seminar will receive a 204-page, color-illustrated workbook to help them apply and retain the information from the classes. The workbook contains up- to-date information on money, investing and finance, which participants will be able to use as a valuable reference tool for years to come.

Those who take the classes will also receive a personal financial fact finder, a worksheet to help them determine how much income, savings, assets and debt they currently have.

Following the last class of the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to meet privately with their instructor to talk about specific financial goals.

Unlike many free workshops that promote specific financial products, Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement is completely educational.

Tuition for the seminar is $55. A spouse or guest may be enrolled at no extra cost. For more information, or to register by phone, contact the Department of Continuing Education at (601) 266-4186.

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