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MFEC's 2014 Conference: Financial Security for a Lifetime

The Montana Financial Education Coalition presents

Financial Security for a Lifetime

The 2014 MFEC Statewide Conference and Resource Fair will host the TODAY Show's Jean Chatzky as the Keynote Presenter. Ms. Chatzky is AARP’s Financial Ambassador, a best-selling author, an award-winning personal finance journalist, finance editor for NBC’s TODAY show, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV.

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