WMU News

Expert suggests best investments for turbulent economy

Oct. 5, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces for a program Monday, Oct. 14, when a local investment expert will advise on where to put your money in a slumping economy.

WMU alumnus Kurt L. Rhode of the estate group will present "Investments in a Turbulent Economy" from 6 to 8 p.m. at WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Part of a monthly series co-sponsored by the University's Women's Business Development Center and the chamber, the program is free and open to the public.

"When we're in a period of economic uncertainties, different investments respond in different ways," says Rhode. "In this workshop, I'll talk about how various investment options have performed historically, and we'll look at the economic outlook for the next year based on insights from the nation's leading economists."

Rhode is a senior partner at the estate group, an investment counseling and estate plan advisory firm in Battle Creek. He has more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry and is a founding partner of the company, which currently manages more than $30 million in assets. Along with his partner Bruce Juergens, for the past 11 years Rhode has answered listener questions on radio station WBCK during the Wednesday morning "Money Matters" program. An active community volunteer, Rhode is president of Burnham Brook/Senior Services of South Central Michigan's board and a member of the governing board of the Service Area III B Agency on Aging. He has held a host of other volunteer leadership positions with a variety of agencies, including the Heritage Society, the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan, the Adoption Cradle of Michigan and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, and he served for five years as a Calhoun County Commissioner. Rhode earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and management from WMU.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce at (269) 962-4076.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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