Popular MoneyTrack series to launch third season in September 2009
San Francisco, CA – September 1, 2009 – After living through a nearly unprecedented financial shake up, many Americans are now looking to Wall Street with an extremely wary eye. Investing in the stock market is still the best way to build long-term wealth, but investors are in need of common-sense guidance and unbiased advice now more than ever.
The third season of MoneyTrack, the popular public television series created, produced and co-hosted by investment expert Pam Krueger, aims to take the fear and mystery out of the investing process. The series is dedicated to empowering people of all income levels to be savvy stewards of their money, showing them how to invest wisely and how to avoid common and dangerous financial scams. Pam, a former stockbroker, was selected by American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) to receive a prestigious 2009 Gracie Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement as series producer.
The series’ distributor, American Public Television (APT), will air the third season in high definition Fridays at 1100–1130ET beginning September 4, 2009 and in standard definition Sundays at 1000–1030ET beginning September 6, 2009.
MoneyTrack takes a user-friendly approach to the often mystifying world of investing. Instead of subjecting viewers to a barrage of bewildering jargon and dry-as-dust lectures, Pam and co-host Jack Gallagher use clear, down-to-earth examples and humor to cut through the financial clutter. Avoiding a dull, “experts-only” approach, MoneyTrack is an engaging, informative offering designed to appeal even to those who might normally find themselves intimidated or bored by a show about finance and investing. The show’s goal is to help viewers take charge of their financial futures by teaching them what they absolutely need to know about investing and how to apply those lessons to their own unique circumstances and lifestyles.
MoneyTrack addresses a wide range of real-life money topics, including how to survive—and thrive—in a recession, how to get the most from employee retirement plans, how to use the basic principle of diversification to reduce portfolio risk, and how to safely invest in real estate in today’s challenging economic climate.
MoneyTrack compellingly covers the do’s and don’ts of investing and financial management through people’s real-life experiences—the good, the bad and the ugly. Each episode introduces an ordinary individual or family who’s a living example of what works—or doesn’t work—when it comes to money.
Regular MoneyTrack segments also include “ScamAlert,” which looks at fraudulent financial schemes perpetrated around the country and offers valuable tips for avoiding such scams. To solidify the lessons presented in each episode, Pam and Jack present weekly Quiz Questions aimed at helping viewers better understand sometimes-complicated financial concepts and terms. The series also regularly features answers to questions submitted by viewers.
The new season kicks off with an in-depth look at how Wall Street has changed—and how the changes will affect investors in the future. The second episode features an inspiring personal story that illustrates how one woman’s investment many years ago turned her into a multimillionaire today. In subsequent episodes, viewers will meet a couple whose plans for a comfortable retirement could be easily derailed, two immigrants who are making a difference in people’s lives by teaching them about long-term investments, a “sandwich generation” couple who are dealing with the dual challenge of caring for growing children and aging parents, a 14-year-old investment whiz kid, and a couple who undergo a “money makeover”.
The series also presents exclusive interviews and advice from some of the top names in the financial world. Guests featured in Season III include Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine; legendary investor John Bogle, father of the index fund; Jim Jubak, the Web’s #1 investment columnist; sought-after financial advisor Jonathan Pond; nationally syndicated Washington Post business writer Michelle Singletary; and economist, commentator and writer Ben Stein.
MoneyTrack offers unbiased investor education and protection information for a broad audience. The series is the only television finance show underwritten by a not-for-profit organization. MoneyTrack is funded entirely through a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a nonprofit devoted to investor education. MoneyTrack’s companion Web site, moneytrack.org, provides a wealth of additional resources for viewers and educators.
Credits: MoneyTrack is produced by NETworth Television Productions. Beyond Pix Studios is the production and post-production facility. The series is distributed by American Public Television (APT), with KCTS 9/Seattle Public Television serving as presenting station for Season III. Series underwriter is the Investor Protection Trust (IPT). Fiscal sponsor is the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC).