The Checkout

Want Some Free Advice?

Nancy Trejos

Have you ever thought about getting a financial adviser?

Many of us probably can't afford one, especially now, as we watch our net worth plummet along with the stock market.

But for two days, you'll be able to get free financial advice, down on the National Mall of all places.

Financial Planning organization TD Ameritrade Institutional, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Consumer Education Foundation and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine have gathered hundreds of financial advisers across the country to give free advice on the Your Money Bus Tour. The bus is traveling to 60 cities over the next year.

It stops in DC today and stays through Thursday. So if you're like most Americans these days, and you're worried about your finances (according to a TD Ameritrade Institutional survey, 92 percent of Americans say they are concerned about their family's financial security and stability), it might be worth it to stop by the bus.

Here's Wednesday's schedule:

10:00 to 3:00 pm: Free advice will be given on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall at 950 Independence Avenue SW. The volunteers will be in the garden area bordered by Maryland Avenue SW, Independence Avenue SW, and 3rd St SW.
6:30 to 8:30 pm - Symposium on "Understanding Debt, Saving and Your Financial Well-Being" at the District of Columbia Public Library at 901 G St. NW. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, the bus will be making the rounds throughout the city and in Bethesda. Here's the schedule and locations:

8:30 to 10:00 am: Outside the Barnes & Nobles Booksellers on 4801 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda.
10:45 to 11:30 am: Dupont Circle.
12:30 to 1:15 pm: Lincoln Memorial.
1:30 to 2:15 pm: Jefferson Memorial.
2:45 to 3:30 pm: Murrow Park

On Oct. 3, the bus heads to Baltimore.

By Nancy Trejos |  October 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET Nancy Trejos
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Free financial planning is great idea, especially during challenging economic times like this. If you can’t get to the bus tour on the designated times, you can always check out some of the free online financial planning sites like Voyant. These tools let you plan for anything -- retirement, college savings, debts, buying a home or a much-needed vacation.

Posted by: D.P. | October 7, 2008 4:58 PM

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