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'How Can I Afford Retirement' addresses concerns Oct. 21

Posted 17 Oct 2013

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will present "How Can I Afford Retirement," a live, call-in program, Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Viewers may submit questions via phone bank at 800-662-2386 or email at

As many Arkansans make plans for the future amidst widespread financial and political uncertainty, "How Can I Afford Retirement" addresses relevant topics – such as Social Security, 401ks, investments, longevity and expense strategies – and viewer questions. Experts will be available to answer viewer concerns and provide information about preparing for retirement. Key subject matter featured in the five-segment special include: "Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement," "Closing the Gap: Investing and Expense Strategies for Late Starters," "Investing Wisely to Avoid the Financial Risk of Longer Life Expectancy," "Protecting Your Investments: The Best Defense is a Wise and Safe Investor," and a closing question and answer session featuring viewer questions.

Panelists participating in the discussion will be: Dr. Craig G. Rennie, associate professor of finance, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas; Owen McNulty, investment executive, Raymond James Financial Services, Simmons Investor Services; Glenn Atkins, financial advisor and fixed income portfolio manager, Garrison Financial; and A. Heath Abshure, commissioner, Arkansas Securities Department. Steve Barnes hosts.

"National studies continue to indicate that most Americans are ill-prepared for retirement," Abshure said. "Becoming knowledgeable about the retirement planning process and where to look for assistance may very well mean the difference between the 'comfortable' retirement we all want versus one with financial struggles."

"How Can I Afford Retirement" is underwritten in part by a grant from the Arkansas Securities Department and the Investor Protection Trust.

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