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From diets to debt: The Manitoba Securities Commission
suggests new twist on New Year’s Resolutions

Winnipeg, MB, January 11, 2010 - In addition to the usual New Year’s resolutions—losing weight, eating healthy and getting more exercise—The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) is challenging Manitobans to set some resolutions that will also improve financial well being.

According to a recent survey, 65% of Manitobans are worried that they do not have enough savings to meet all their financial needs and furthermore, 27% of Manitobans have no investments or savings at all (Canadian Securities Administrators, Investor Index 2009). “These percentages definitely suggest a necessary change in Manitoban’s relationship with investing and finance,” says Don Murray, Chair of MSC. “The New Year can be a great time to put your financial blunders of the previous year behind you and focus on proactively improving your personal financial situation,” he adds.

Starting the New Year off with a new attitude toward finances may be easier than some think. “Whether dieting or reducing debt, getting into financial shape is all about making small conscious choices that will ultimately contribute to a change in your habits—thinking about your money before you spend it each day, avoiding impulse purchases and trimming un-necessary expenses all contribute to active money management,” says Ainsley Cunningham, Manager of Education and Communications with MSC. “We are not suggesting the public become investment experts, simply pick two or three resolutions and focus on implementing these strategies into your daily routine.

Below is a list of some easy resolutions that MSC suggests you consider:

For more information or to order a Free Investor’s Kit go to msced.ca or contact MSC at 945-4733.

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Media Inquiries:

Ainsley Cunningham
Manager Education and Communications
945-4733