Free financial planning event aims to strengthen Oakland's middle class

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OAKLAND -- Those most in need of financial advice are often the ones who can least afford it, but on Saturday, the city will bring financial planning to the people here.

Oakland Financial Planning Day is a day-long event backed by nonprofits and elected officials that offers free financial advice to anyone who walks through the door -- no sales pitches, no fine print and no strings attached. Organized by the Financial Planning Association of the East Bay, the event gives the public a chance to meet one-on-one with up to 50 certified financial planners to discuss how to get out of debt, save for college, buy a house, recover from a foreclosure, prepare for retirement or start a business.