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SEC To Create Education Week

December 15, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal and state securities regulators in the United States and their counterparts throughout the Americas are creating the first international ``Saving and Investing Education Week″ early next year.

The week, from March 30 through April 3, is designed to promote the importance for consumers of saving, investing and avoiding securities fraud, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday.

Each of the participating nations will identify its domestic priorities and conduct its own programs.

In this country, the educational campaign will include a series of investors’ town meetings, investment seminars, workshops and school programs. The SEC will work on the programs with the North American Securities Administrators Association, which represents state regulators in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and other government agencies, consumer and financial industry groups and the news media.

``Safe, strong and vibrant markets are the result of investors who understand how to save and invest wisely,″ SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt Jr. said in a statement.

The campaign was created by the Council of Securities Regulators of the Americas, which is comprised of regulators from 26 nations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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