The College of Business at GSU offers financial literacy workshops and other awareness activities to the GSU community through the generous support of a PNC Foundation grant.Register below to attend an upcoming workshop.

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  • Financial Literacy 101 - Thursday Oct 25, 2018

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    Financial Literacy 101 - Budgeting, Borrowing, Investing, and Insurance
     Thursday October 25, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
     Engbretson Hall B-1200 (GSU Campus)

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    GSU College of Business is offering a financial literacy 101 workshop open to ALL students from any major or background. The workshop is supported with a PNC Foundation Grant and led by Professor Brian McKenna. Registration is free but required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited.

    Brian J. McKenna is an Associate Professor at Governors State University teaching tax law in the Accounting program in the College of Business.  He is a licensed Illinois attorney with a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Tax Law from DePaul University.  Professor McKenna is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner.  He has been teaching taxes, accounting and finance in higher education for over 30 years.  Prior to his academic appointment, he worked as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service, an accountant in a major public accounting firm and a corporate tax lawyer for a major U.S. company.


    WORKSHOP TOPICS:
    Budgeting
    Measuring income and expenses
    Forecasting cash flow
    Understanding various taxes


    WORKSHOP TOPICS:
    Budgeting
    Measuring income and expenses
    Forecasting cash flow
    Understanding various taxes

    Borrowing Money
    Student debt
    Interest rates & Default risk
    Credit History

    Investing
    Compounding
    Characteristics of investments
    Risk/ Return trade-off
    Maturity matching

    Insurance
    Types of Insurance
    Premiums and deductibles

    Advanced Investment Topics
    Calculating probabilities
    Evaluating risk
    Benefits of diversification
    Emotional biases

  • Financial Literacy 201 - Thursday Nov 1, 2018

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    Financial Literacy 201 
     Thursday Nov 1, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
     E-Lounge[E-1571] (GSU Campus)

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    Financial Literacy 201 is a follow up to the introductory topics from the 101 workshop. The workshop open to ALL students from any major or background. The workshop is supported with a PNC Foundation Grant and led by Professor Brian McKenna. Registration is free but required. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited.

    Brian J. McKenna is an Associate Professor at Governors State University teaching tax law in the Accounting program in the College of Business.  He is a licensed Illinois attorney with a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Tax Law from DePaul University.  Professor McKenna is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner.  He has been teaching taxes, accounting and finance in higher education for over 30 years.  Prior to his academic appointment, he worked as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service, an accountant in a major public accounting firm and a corporate tax lawyer for a major U.S. company.