Paul Clitheroe honoured!

Congratulations to Financial Literacy guru Paul Clitheroe – In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list he was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia

For service to the finance sector through the promotion of financial literacy, and to the community

Paul Clitheroe is one of our business heroes. As Chairman of the Financial Literacy Foundation Advisory Board he’s a key figure in the Understanding Money campaign

…to give all Australians the opportunity to increase their financial knowledge and better manage their money.

You may know of Paul from the Nine Network television programme Money, he still contributes to Money Magazine and to the Money website.  (My personal finances have improved considerably since I began reading Money Magazine!)

The State Library of WA is part of the Australia-wide network of financial literacy resource providers – if you want to find out more come and join us this Thursday (12 June) when the Business Subject Specialists present “Money: your bottom line” 11am-12 noon, 1st floor, Alexander Library Building, Perth Cultural Centre.  Ring 9427 3111 to book your place.  Can’t make this weeks session?  We are repeating the session on Thurday 17th July, 5:30-6:30pm.  Contact the Business Subject Specialists for more details.

You can read more about the honours list in news stories from Google News Australia, and more about the Australian system of honours at the It’s an Honour website.

Social networking your personal finances ?

One of our readers of finance used the ABI Inform global database as the index to discover an interesting article Managing your Money in Public View by Jane J Kim in the Wall Street Journal June 14 2007 (page D1 in the “Personal Journal” section of the paper). The article commented on several of the next generation of personal finance and money management sites including, amongst others, Wesabe, Buxfer, TradeKing, and Covestor.

The sites offer opportunity to discuss, with like minded people, financial planning and spending behaviour including student loans, shared expenses, managing savings accounts, credit cards and investing.  CNN predict 2 million users of social networking personal finance sites in 2008.

If you would like to hear more – as well as take a look at more conventional, as well as local, ways of managing money and investment – take a look at the “Money – your bottom line” seminars offered on a regular basis in the Library’s SEaK: Business program