000001334173  © sergey_b_a   moneyAARP West Virginia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago are cosponsoring “Money Smart Week,” April 5-12, to help state residents stay up to speed on personal finance.

“Financial literacy isn’t just about making good investments,” said Gaylene Miller, AARP state director. “It means protecting oneself from fraud, getting raises at work and securing good deals on homes and cars—all while preparing for or living in retirement.”

West Virginia ranks second among the states in the percentage of residents 65 and older. More than 43 percent of West Virginians in that age group are one bad economic shock from financial hardship, according to the nonpartisan Economic Policy Institute.

Get money-smart tips at moneysmartweek.org and facebook.com/wvmsw.

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