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May 26

The Ins and Outs of Target Dates Funds & the TSP Lifecycle Funds

11:00 am EDT

Dr. Barbara O'Neill and Kevin Laird will present this 90-minute webinar on behalf of the Military Families Learning Network's Personal Finance Concentration Area.

Target date funds are mutual funds with a date in their name (e.g., 2030) and portfolios that change automatically according to a pre-determined glide path. Also known as lifecycle funds because they “age” as their investors get older, they have increased in popularity in recent years. Rutgers University professor and Extension specialist, Dr. Barbara O’Neill, will discuss the basics of target date mutual funds, including how they work, their advantages and disadvantages, historical performance, risk factors, and use as a default investment option in employer retirement savings plans. Kevin Laird will discuss the composition and characteristics of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Lifecycle (L) fund available to service members and federal government employees. Also included will be a discussion of the upcoming change of using the L fund as the default TSP investment option.

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AFC-credentialed participants can earn 1.5 CEUs. More information about this process is available here.  This webinar is also approved for 1.5 general CEUs for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC).


Dr. Barbara O’Neill, financial resource management specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial planner (CFP®), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC®), accredited financial counselor (AFC), certified housing counselor (CHC), and certified financial educator (CFEd). Dr. O’Neill served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and is the author of two trade books, Saving on a Shoestring andInvesting on a Shoestring, and co-author of  Investing For Your Future,Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, and Small Steps to Health and Wealth.  She earned a Ph.D. in family financial management from Virginia Tech and received over three dozen awards for professional achievements and over $900,000 in funding for financial education programs and research.

Kevin Laird joined the staff of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board in November 2007, and currently manages the TSP Training and Agency Liaison team. Kevin is a veteran of the United States Army. He holds a Master of Science degree in family financial planning from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Arts degree in education from Truman State University, and he has earned the Retirement Plans Associate (RPA) designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Financial Planner® and a member of the Financial Planning Association and the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.

The Cover image On Target by viZZZual.com for this webinar is licensed Creative Commons CC BY 2.0.


Barbara O'Neill

May 27

Personal or Professional Branding on Social Media

12:00 pm EDT

What’s the difference between a personal or professional brand? Do you have or need a personal brand? It can make a difference

For more information: http://www.extension.umd.edu/womeninag/webinars

To register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-webinars-registration-11452674257

May 27

Communicating the Need for Water Efficiency

2:00 pm EDT

Registration needed at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8174448205132361986

This webinar is 2nd in the series of Water Wednesdays webinars being hosted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program.

The WaterSense program has a variety of consumer campaigns that can be used to amplify water conservation messages and help consumers adopt water-efficient behaviors. Veronica Blette will review the WaterSense program’s campaigns and associated promotional materials. Joanna Ladd of the Chinatown Community Development Center—which owns and manages twenty five properties throughout San Francisco and provides affordable housing to over 2400 low income families and seniors—will speak about their water efficiency work and the importance of education and outreach efforts.
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