Banking and finance

Banking and finance
On The Scene: The top brass of the future
On the Scene
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

When you think of what’s on the minds of most high school students these days, managing finances is probably not as high up on the list as the new car they’re dreaming of or the dress they’re buying for prom. But maybe it ought to be, since only 59% of young adults pay their bills on time, while most parents aren’t teaching their kids about saving and investing for retirement.

Which is what brought me to a business class at Gladstone High School yesterday. I was invited there by Bryan Sims, the 26-year-old CEO of brass|MEDIA Inc., a Corvallis-based media company focused on promoting financial literacy and formed by Sims when he was just 19. Yesterday was the kick-off for brass’ “Money Side of Life Tour,” launched in time for financial literacy month with Gladstone as its first stop. The tour is part of the brass|STUDENT PROGRAM – Oregon, an initiative to get free personal-finance resources (like the company’s flagship magazine) to teachers and students around the state.

The five-school tour has First Tech Credit Union as a presenting sponsor, and financial education officer Ryan McKernan was among the speakers at the Gladstone presentation. McKernan said it’s a good time to be promoting the topic among high school students, with district budgets cutting out financial-education classes as required credits. “And being a member-owned co-op, like all credit unions are, our strength is in our members,” McKernan said. “So as strong as they are, our balance sheet will reflect that as well.”

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Deal brightens Sunwest prospects
High Five
Friday, March 26, 2010

Blackstone Group offers $285 million to buy debt-heavy Sunwest Management.

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Public pensioners consider investment
High Five
Thursday, March 04, 2010

Oregon's public pensioners may invest in troubled banks around the country.

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Powerlist: FDIC-Insured Financial Institutions
April 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
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RANKED BY OREGON & CLARK CO. WASH. DEPOSITS AS OF JUNE 30, 2009

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Powerlist: Financial Planning firms
March 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
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RANKED BY OREGON ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

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